The History of Apothecary Jars


The humble tools of the apothecary have evolved considerably since the days of the mortar and pestle and glass jars. Now seen as a stylish accessory or valuable antique, we rarely see them behind the counter at the pharmacy anymore.


  • The apothecary of the ancient world was a purveyor of spices, wine and other luxury items. It was not until the 16th century that the apothecary began to resemble a modern pharmacist. The opaque or translucent glass jars that lined these 16th century apothecaries had already been in use by people across the globe for centuries.


  • There could be as many as three main types of storage that the vintage apothecary jar was used for in a single shop: to store medication in the form of pills, creams or elixirs: to store herbs and other basic ingredients needed for making medication; or for botany. Shapes and sizes varied, but most authentic antique apothecary jars are made of glass and still retain the original label.


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