Apothecary character jug modeled by Max Henk and produced by Royal Doulton of Burslem, England, between 1963-1983. In colonial times, the apothecary was more than simple a druggist. Records kept by eighteenth century Williamsburg's apothecaries show that they made house calls to provide medical treatment, made and prescribed medicine, trained apprentices, performed surgery, served as male midwives, and practiced as a doctor. The Pasteur & Galt Apothecary Shop in Williamsburg was the site where two apothecary-surgeons practiced. The shop featured copies of Dr. Galt's certificates in medical theory, midwifery, surgery, and for training completed at Saint Thomas' Hospital in London. Some of the ingredients that were used in colonial remedies are the basis for modern medications, including chalk for heartburn, calamine for skin irritations, and cinchona bark for fevers. A mortar and pestle form the handle of the jug. The Apothecary character jug was made in three sizes with this being the largest along with small (D6574) and miniature (D6581) sizes.
Characters from Williamsburg Collection