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Object ID 000320

Object Name Ceramic mortar with metal pestle

Object Desc Small white ceramic mortar with silver metal pestle. . Made by McNicol China in Clarksburg, W. VA. Opened in 1862.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY000295a-b

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Medical


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Bay View Pharmacy

Object Date

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords drug stores,mortar,McNicol China Co.,pharmacy,pestle,

Title Ceramic mortar with metal pestle

Description Small white ceramic mortar with silver metal pestle. Mortars and pestles were used to crush certain kinds of drugs in pharmacies. Sometimes referred to as "Apothecary Grinder"


Approx Collection Date

Height 2

Length 0

Width 4

Depth 2

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details Mortar is 2 inches tall, 1.5 inches deep, and 4 inches wide across the opening of the bowl. The pestle is 4 inches long and the bulb is 1.5 inches wide

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker McNicol China

Maker Details Clarksburg, WVA. Opened in 1862.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY295a-b



Date FEB 19,2013

Summary Excellent Condition

Assessor Katherine Dickey

Notes Moderate discoloration on inside and outside of bowl. Brown spotting around rim of bowl. Black/dark grey marking on proper back side of mortar.


Date APR 3,2013

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Bay View Pharmacy from Second Floor Bathroom - automatic entry by admin