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Herb cutter, Worcester, England, 1701-1900

Plants and herbs need to be prepared before they can be used in medical treatments. Cutting was one way for a pharmacist to begin preparing such material. Other methods include grinding, crushing and boiling. An ivory handle is taken in each hand and the herbs are cut using a rocking motion. This herb cutter measures nearly half a metre in length and may also have been used for chopping herbs when…