Mortar & Pestle

Chemical Engineering

Accession Number: 2017.che.9.1-2

Instrument Name: Mortar & Pestle

Description:

This object is a large iron mortar (9.1) and pestle (9.2) set. The mortar has a fluted wide base for support.

Primary Materials: Metal: Iron

Markings: None.

Dimensions (cm):

Mortar: Diameter= 28cm, Height=23cm; Pestle: Length=29cm, Diameter=8cm

Function: For grinding ore or chemicals.

Condition:

Poor. The surface of both mortar and pestle is corroded and scratched. The mortar is missing a portion of its fluted base which has broken off. The surface under the break appears as corroded as the rest of the surface so this is an old break. The interior bottom of the mortar is rusted where the surface has been eroded. Similarly, the pestle’s grinding surface is worn and rusted.

Date of Manufacture: Early 20th Cent.?

Provenance:

Department of Chemical Engineering. There is a possibility this objects is connected with the mining history of the department and may have been used for crushing/processing ores.

Donated to UTSIC: No