A very nice 19th century boxwood pill silverer. This box has the added addition that it still retains some of the silver leaf used to coat the pills. The inside surfaces also have a coating of the silver left from when it was last used to coat the pills.
This one measures 8.3cm h x 5.8cm w approx.
Pill silverers were used once the pills had been formed and dried, they were dampened with mucilage of accia and mixed with silver leaf. The spherical pill silverer was then shaken in a rotary movement until all the pills were coated in silver.