A desirable 19th century pharmacist's tool of the trade, this brass bound walnut pill machine is best known by collectors as a pill roller and will fit nicely in any collection of Civil War medical items. (see: Pictorial Encyclopedia of Civil War Medical Instruments & Equipment by Damman ) In the period the making of pills entailed the creation of a dough like material containing the necessary medication, rolling out that dough to form an appropriately sized quarter inch thick sheet. The pharmacist placed the dough sheet on the machine base and pressed the top or paddleover the sheet drawing the paddle back and forth cutting and forming the material into cylindrical strips which were cut to appropriate length to afford the proper dosage and rolled into pills. The base of this this all original and period pill machine measures approximately 13 7/8 X 7 ¾ inches with a 16 inch paddle. All complete and functional this device offers good evidence of age and period use yet remains in excellent condition with a pleasing untouched age patina. We have left the brass as found, uncleaned and unpolished just as it came out of decades of storage. Buy with confidence! We are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales! Just send us a courtesy e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :COLOR=#0000FF>

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