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Dispensing pot, England, 1700

Dispensing pots were used to hold ointments, pills and medical treatments, although they could also be used 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. On the side of this dispensing pot are painted the letters “S.C.V”. These may refer to a maker, an owner or may indicate what the pot held. This dispensing pot is also marked with the date “1700”.

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pot used to contain ointments, medications, perfumes

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