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Circa 1680s


This distinguished 17th-century brass apothecary mortar and pestle set represents a quintessential piece of medicinal history. Originating from the Netherlands, known for its scientific prominence during the Golden Age, it played a crucial role in traditional medicine, used by apothecaries for the meticulous grinding of herbs and concocting of treatments.


The piece exhibits the era's craftsmanship through its manufacturing process. Initially created using a sand casting technique, it was later refined on a lathe, a testimony to the advanced metalworking skills of the time. This method resulted in the mortar's distinctive banding, which not only added to its visual appeal but also exemplified the period's blend of artistry and functionality.


Characterized by its flared rim and robust profile, the mortar is adorned with concentric rings—a detail that bespeaks the Baroque influence. The pestle, designed for efficiency, balances its heft with a form that ensures a comfortable grip, underlining the artisan's foresight into its daily use.

The aged brass has acquired a rich patina, revealing a history of dedicated use in the preparation of apothecary remedies. It stands as a tactile relic of the era's enlightened approach to health and science.


Ideal for aficionados of medical history or as an intriguing conversation piece, this mortar and pestle set is not merely a collectible but a narrative in metal, echoing the human pursuit of knowledge and well-being. It offers an enduring beauty and practicality that continues to resonate with our contemporary appreciation for historical craftsmanship.

17th Century Dutch Brass Apothecary Mortar & Pestle

  • Measurements

    3.5" H x 5" Diameter

  • Condition

    Moderate, heavy patination and marks throughout both pieces from being used over the centuries. A large chip (refer to pictures)

  • No returns or exchanges

    Buyer can contact seller about any issues with an order.

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