Pharmacy Equipment and Accessories : Preparing and dispensing remedies as well as medical advice for centuries
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Bunsen Burner Bowl
Coors, Denver, Colorado
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Early 20th century ceramic bunsen burner bowl. The bowl is approximately 2 inches deep. The top rim has a small spout molded into it for pouring. The bowl is glazed on both the inside and the outside with the inside glaze going not quite to the top, leaving the top one quarter inch of the inside of the bowl unglazed. On the outside of the bowl, directly under the handle is a stamp reading COORS, U S A, 3A. The handle has a hole on the end for hanging on a hook. on the underside of the handle, just below the hole, molded into the ceramic is 3 A.
The top of the bowl measures 4 inches across with the sides tapering down to measure 2 inches across at the bottom.

This type of ceramic bowl was used by pharmacists from the mid 19th century to well into the 20th century to liquify compounds to be made into medicines and ointments.

According to the Bulletin of Pharmacy, written in 1902, it was an everyday necessity for pharmacists to be able to heat the ingredients for many of their compounds. The use of the bunsen burner was essential to this task. The bunsen burner allowed the pharmacist to regulate the heat required. The ceramic bow allowed for even more regulation of the heat, allowing a more even spread of heat to the compounds in the bowl. After heating, the mixture could then be easily poured into bottles, molds or tins and sold to the customer.

H–2 W–4 Dia–4 inches
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