Antique Vintage Boots Chemists Apothecary Chest Of Drawers
- A fabulous old antique 'Boots Chemists' Apothecary Chest Of Drawers, Early 20th Century. - Original maroon plaques depicting numbers and chemical compounds across 32 mahogany drawers, sturdy dovetail construction. - The cabinet is constructed of two separate units which sit on top of one another via screws and a pair of close coupled nuts and bolts. The sides of the unit look to be pine and are well worn, some splitting has occurred towards the bottom of the lower section of the chest. - Overall wear commensurate with age, there are a couple of indentations across the middle section where a fixing originally sat to lock the Oxalic Acid drawer. A small brass piece still aligns that particular drawer, a lovely original feature. - The entire cabinet has been throughly cleaned and recently waxed, a truly wonderful and unique piece of furniture.
Apothecary is one term for a medical professional who formulates and dispenses medicines to physicians, surgeons and patients. Label Under Glass bottles enjoyed their peak popularity from the 1800's to the early 1900's and were used for storage of many acids and bases, as well as stock compounding solutions used by many pharmacists of the time. The apothecary bottle employed an ornate label that was covered by a thin layer of glass to prevent damage, often gold leafed they were visually attractive as well as functional. The contents were listed on the label often in Latin, which was the language of medicine up until recent times.
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