Antique Apothecary Searce

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A very rare apothecary “Searce” literally a sieve through which powder would be strained prior to making into a tablet paste or other formulation.

The top semicircular bowl has a metal perforated sheet in its central lower section which allows the sieved contents to pass through into the base which is hollow and can be accessed by unscrewing the top. This lovely piece dates to the mid 18th century.

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