Antique Apothecary Box
Stunning example of an early 19th Century mahogany apothecary case, complete with most of its original contents. The box itself is made from mahogany with a brass carrying handle, matching brass escutcheon and inset brass ring pull handle on the drawer.
Inside, the box is sectioned to hold the various bottles and has a velvet padded lid to keep them safe in transport. There are 10 sections in total and the box comes with 9 glass bottles, all with their original ground glass stoppers and many with their original paper labels. Below the bottles is a drawer which contains two further glass bottles, two metal boxes, a glass measuring cup and the original brass weighing scales and weights - truly everything a travelling doctor would have needed in the 19th century! The drawer is held in place by a brass rod to keep it closed in transit.
Depth : 7" (18cm)
Width : 7" (18cm)
Height : 7 1/2" (19cm)
Overall the condition of the box and contents are superb. It is missing a glass bottle and two are not fitted to the sections so are probably not original. However the set displays beautifully and is certainly one of the most complete I've come across.
The mahogany box has a beautiful aged patina with signs of age and use but no major damages. There is a small split in the top of the case which has been repaired and some small knocks and marks but nothing detrimental. I do not have a key for the box. Inside it is clean and tidy and the partitions are sturdy and in good condition. The lining in the lid of the box has worn and frayed but it doesn't really affect the box.
There is no major damage to any of the glass bottles. There are some nibbles and small chips around the tops of some of them but nothing serious and many bottles have retained their original paper labels. The contents of the drawer are also in excellent condition.
This really is a fantastic set, not to be missed. It is so rare to find something so complete and original. Each element has been cleaned and it is ready for display.
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