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Boxwood Pill Silverer, 1800s

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A pill silverer was used to coat newly-made pills. The cheapest pills were coated with talc but wealthier clients bought pills coated in silver or gold.
The two piece silverer, a spherical or ovoid wooden cup and lid, would be lined with silver or gold leaf, and a few drops of vegetable gum were added. The pills were then placed inside the silverer, which was rotated to coat them.