Pharmacy equipment: Unguent jars


The Christopher Pharmacy, Bradford on Avon Museum


Pharmacy unguent jar


Creams and ointments -medicines mixed into fats and emulsified oils- which were mainly for treating skin complaints, were kept in ceramic jars with lids. Inevitably the lids got broken, so most of the jars that remain in the Christopher Pharmacy in the Museum have replacement metal lids.

This jar, which retains its original lid, is labelled ADEPS : BENZ and was for containing benzoic fat.

Other jars contain zinc ointment, paraffin wax and creams containing mercury.

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