Gazing at Goblets and Grinders

In 1971, the SDSU Pharmacy Department donated a mortar and pestle to the museum likely used in the early days of South Dakota Agricultural College in the 1800’s. Pharmacy students used iron mortars and pestles to crush medicinal herbs. However, the maintenance needed to prevent iron mortars from corroding caused a shift towards using glass and ceramic mortars. Oddly, there are no identifying marks on the artifacts surface, and despite it’s age, it is in excellent condition. The mortar itself is goblet shaped and just over 6.5″ tall and 7″ in diameter. The pestle has a bulbous handle, measures 8.5″ long, and the flared grinding head is 2″ wide. #AgMuseum #SDSUPharmacyDepartment #Mortar&Pestle