Pharmacy Anno 1730


Pharmacy Anno 1730


Promotional 17th century Delft reproduction ceramic pill tile produced by the Burroughs, Wellcome & Co. for their Continuing Pharmacy Education Program. The front of the tile depicts the inside of an apothecary. The top of the tile has two unicorns flanking a banner that reads "Burroughs Wellcome Co." The following description is glued to the back of the tile on a piece of paper. "Over the centuries, pharmacies and pharmacists underwent drastic changes in their appearances. From the Medieval Times, with their small stall-like areas (which were open to the marketplace) that held drugs in boxes, bottles, ceramic containers or bags made of leather ... to the elegance and grandeur of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. The latter were the eras in which the pharmacist took pride in his collection of fine porcelain, glass and detailed ceramic containers. Mortars and pestles of all sizes made of iron, lead, bronze or brass along with fine balances with gold or coin scales were displayed proudly. Special scales for the pharmacist began to be made in the 17th century. The wooden shelves were made from pieces of fine woodwork and carved and gilded by master craftsmen. Later, much of the shelves were replaced by closed cabinets with doors and drawers to hold prepacked packages of herbs and other remedies. (BW-YO6518)."



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6 in x 6 in

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Burroughs, Wellcome & Co., “Pharmacy Anno 1730,” American Institute of the History of Pharmacy Digital Collection, accessed July 13, 2024,