Snail water was an 18th Century medicine devised by Dr. Richard Mead for use by the poor who could not afford more expensive treatments. Taken from the dispensary medical treatise 'Pharmacopoeia Pauperum' written by Henry Bayner in 1718, Dr. Meads recipe called for the use of snails, worms, berries and a mixture of herbs, which would need to be ingested by the patient. Dr. Richard Mead (11 August 1673 – 16 February 1754) was an English physician. His work, ‘A Short Discourse concerning Pestilential Contagion, and the Method to be used to prevent it’, published in 1720, was of historic importance in the understanding of transmissible diseases.
Snail Water Bottle & Wooden Plaque
All bottles are cast from original 18th and 19th century bottles and jars, and are aged to inclde all the wonderful imperfections and aged quality of handbuilt pottery of the period. The wood used on this plaque is antique salaved wood, and is hung with twine. Size 3.5" x 4.5"