English Delftware apothecary jars and their contents: the Victor Hoffbrand Collection


by Alan Humphries, Henry Oakeley and Victor Hoffbrand

Professor Victor Hoffbrand's collection of English Delftware apothecary jars, displayed at the Royal College of Physicians in London, is the second largest such collection in the world. Built up over 40 years, it contains just under 200 jars, many unique, with examples of all the most frequently used designs. Their dates span from 1640, in the reign of Charles I before the English Civil War, to 1780, George III and the American Declaration of Independence.

For those interested in ceramics or the history of plant-based medicine, this is a source book of unparalleled interest and authority, complete with bibliographies, biographies and glossaries of technical terms and material medica.

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