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Mortar & Pestle - Wedgwood, circa 1900 Object Reg. No: SH 850493

Mortar and pestle used in a pharmacy at a mental health hospital in Victoria, Australia, circa 1900.
Large pestle and mortar of white clay (china). Mortar is very thick-sided, hemi-spherical bowl on flat, round edged base 1.5cm thick. Lip is hollowed into wall of bowl from inside, only minutely bowing out on outside. Pestle has long wooden handle with rounded end and tapering slightly then flaring to join clay grinding head (appears to be screwed on).
Statement Of Significance:
Example of equipment used in pharmacy of mental health hospital in Victoria, Australia, circa 1900.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Office of Psychiatric Services
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 24.50 cm (Height), 4.50 cm (Length)
Dimension Comment: 10.50

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Tagged with: hospitals, psychiatric services, making history - psych services
Themes this item is part of: Psychiatric Institutions of the Past, Psychiatric Services Collection, Medicine in Society Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Mental Health - Pharmacy
Tertiary Classification: equipment
Inscriptions: 5/WARRANTED/ACID PROOF imprinted on base WEDGWOOD/T imprinted on side of pestle.
Manufacturer: Wedgwood, England, Great Britain, circa 1900
Date Used: Victoria, Australia, circa 1900


Lori Smith Posted on 10 Feb 2010 3:15 AM
Hi, I work for a college here in Florida and was wondering if you would mind if I used the following image as a background for a class inside a LMS (Learning Management System)It would just be used as a background for our pharmacy I class online and not for any printed advertisement. Thank you for your consideration. Lori Smith

Mortar & Pestle, Wedgwood, circa 1900 Reg. No: SH 850493
Mortar and pestle used in a pharmacy at a mental health hospital in Victoria Australia circa 1900
Discovery Centre Posted on 10 Feb 2010 11:44 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Lori - Discovery Centre at Museum Victoria coordinates all requests for images owned by Museum Victoria as well as those that appear in our exhibitions, publications and websites. To request an image click on the 'Ask the experts' link above and then on 'Image Requests' in the menu at left. Before submitting your request, please read our image request guidelines.
nicelyn Posted on 15 Jul 2010 5:09 PM
hi thank you so much for this information that you post...because my answer is correct..and can i ask something..?what are the classification of mortal and pestle?can you answer that hope you can...i will wait..thanks and god bless
Discovery Centre Posted on 16 Jul 2010 1:54 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi there, the classifications above refer to the use of the object. They are equipment used at a mental hospital for making pharmaceuticals and are classed under the wider general heading of Medicine & Health. We hope this answers your question.

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