Wooden Pill silverer

Wooden Pill silverer

Stock Number: 351021 A



10 x 7 x 7 cm


C 1880

Countries of manufacture

UK and Ireland, Other

Categories: Medicine, Pharmacy & Chemists


This spherical wooden box was used to finish the pills with a silver or gold coating. Gold or silver leaf was used to line the inside. Pills which had been moistened with liquid gum were placed inside. The lid was screwed on the base, and then rolled around until the pill was coated with a thin layer of silver or gold. There are still some pills on the inside. The pill silverer is 10 cm high and has a 7cm diam. This item is in a fine condition, no cracks in the sphere.

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NL Van Leest Antiques

Van Leest Antiques

Van Leest Antiques, based in Utrecht in the Netherlands, specialises in antique scientific and medical instruments. Their collection covers mainly scientific and medical antique instruments: barometers, globes and planataria, nautical instruments, anatomical models, and pharmacy items. Toon Van Leest travels regularly in Europe and visits trade fairs, auctions, and antique dealers to collect stock and to find pieces to fulfil his clients' unusual requests.

As well as being an avid antique collector and dealer, Toon Van Leest is also a dentist. He believes that antiques are a stable investment, not reliant on trends or fashion, and have truly lasting value. Above all, he says, antiques are timeless and never lose their beauty.