I truly adore ground glass stoppered bottles. The good ones have a tight secure fit and don't let air escape. I collect antique ones for their visual beauty but actually use them quite a bit. Stronger scented potions tend to ruin good phenolic caps forcing me to toss them into the rubbish (where they end up in landfill). Here are some gorgeous examples.
Nothing makes me feel more like a "true apothecary" than when I'm grinding something up in one of my collection of mortars and pestles. When I'm grinding herbs for cologne making (or cooking) or powdering resins to tincture I feel I connect with centuries of healers and craftsmen. The word mortar is Latin for "receptacle for pounding", and pestle for "pounder". The earliest use of them was found in 1550BC Egyptian papyrus. The tools became the symbol of the pharmacy as they were originally used in apothecaries and then eventually pharmacies in the making of medicine. The act of mixing or reducing materials to particle size is called trituration.
These are some that I covet:
|This one is actually mine, grinding up benzoin absolute to tincture.|