Roller, Pill

A rectangular frame, part of the top consists of a marble table, which extends to form a deeply ribbed flange which in turn extends to a removable drawer. The sides of the frame are brass plated. Pairs with a long flat wooden roller with pear-shaped handles at each end. The roller consists of a long ribbed flange to match the flange on the base. The mixture was placed in the flange of the base and rolled into pills with the roller. The finished produce ended up in the drawer.
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Gifted by Wilsons Pharmacy.

This slightly strange looking object would have been used by early chemists to turn medical powders and supplements into easily digestible tablets. The active ingredients for the pill would be powdered in a mortar and pestle, and then mixed with liquid glucose to form a stiff but pliable mass. This would then be rolled into a sausage shape and moved over the ridged part of the machine and stretched to the number of pills required. Then the handle was guided to cut the sausage into pill shapes. This is a far cry from making pills today, produced one a massive scale with less precision required by the chemist, to make the paste and then roll and cut it into the perfect dosage!
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