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Postcard of Pot.
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This tin-glazed earthenware pot was used for herbs, ointments or other medicines. It dates from the 18th century.

The pot is straight sided with a slightly fluted rim and foot. It is very cracked and chipped.

In the 18th century most doctors prepared the drugs they prescribed. Some of their herbs could be collected in the countryside. Others were bought from apothecaries who themselves purchased drugs from wholesalers in London and Amsterdam.

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Online ID: 000-100-003-197-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 3
Date: 18th century
Early 18th century
Material: White tin glaze
Dimensions: 70 mm H x 53 mm D
What: Jar / pomade pot
Subject: Post-medieval pottery and porcelain (NMAS Classification)
Who: Sim Collection
Description: Straight-sided jar, possibly a pomade pot, with a slightly fluted rim and foot and a white tin glaze, early 18th century
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