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Pill cutter, England, 1851-1900

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In the 1700s and 1800s, pills were made by mixing the ingredients together with liquorice or a sugar solution and rolling it out into strips. By pressing between the rows of cutters on the base and the handle, the strips would be equally divided into pills. The mahogany and brass tool would have been used by a pharmacist or apothecary. Once cut, the pills were hardened, coated and stored.

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Glossary: pill cutter

used to prepare pills

Glossary: pharmacy

The preparation and medicinal dispensing of drugs.