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Dispensing pots were used to hold ointments, pills and medical treatments, although they could also be used for other materials such as cosmetics. A pharmacist or apothecary would make up a medicine and put it in a pot for the customer to take away. The contents were usually protected by a paper cover secured with string. The words “London, manufactory STEWART, No 12 & 13 Broad Street” are painted on the side of the pot. It is not known for certain whether “STEWART” was the maker of the pot or the pharmacist supplying the medicinal treatment, but a company with this name was present at this address according to a street directory of 1820.

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