Six 19th-century glass pharmacy bottles with their original glass stoppers are the latest addition to my collection of French pharmacy items. I found them at Agape in Paris. The 19th-century chemists' cabinet itself is full, so these bottles, along with the coloured ones (below) have been regulated to the top of the hanging cabinet.
Part of the contents of the pharmacy cabinet. Remember the movie Practical Magic, based on Alice Hoffman's book? The set designer filled the aunts' house with antique pharmacy items for mixing and brewing strange concoctions. I've been enchanted ever since seeing the film (and I have the DVD). The late (and future; it's set to relaunch in November) Victoria magazine ran a feature story about the movie set and I'm slowly, but surely collecting many similar items. I am intrigued by the potent combination of history, science and magic associated with these old bottles, jars, funnels, etc. Hmm, maybe I should try creating a magic potion or two. Do you have any recipes? Happy Friday the 13th!