Niagara Apothecary Leech Jar - printed images

Niagara Apothecary Leech Jar

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Ornate jars were used by pharmacists in the day to highlight his supply of medicinal leeches. Holes had been cut into the lid to allow for air, and the pharmacist stocked the jar with leeches intended for sale that day. The jar’s elaborate presentation indicates the high value leeches held as a commodity, as they were sold in great numbers to members of both the medical profession and the public.