Rare collection of pharmacists handed down for four generations by the Pontefract pharmacy which caused a sensation at auction

From medicine jars to old chemist’s bottles, collectibles have proven surprisingly popular, but it’s a dresser of “medicine drawers” that commands the appeal.

Caroline Hawley, of Beverley’s Hawleys Auctioneers, said it dated from the early 19th century and had been passed down through four generations of the same family of chemists.

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“They’re all the rage, I’ve been told. Just very fashionable,” she says.

The collection came from a fourth generation pharmacy in Pontefract

“The whole collection is really nice, all these pots with labels, pots and ceramics. It’s extraordinary, people love it.”

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We visited the fascinating Yorkshire of Bargain Hunt antiques expert, Caroline Hawley.

Auctioneer Ms Hawley had spoken at a Zoom charity event, mentioning the interest in the clothes. It turns out that someone in the audience with this same collection wanted to sell.

She added: “We also have a fabulous 193cm diameter solid walnut table – you can only imagine the size of the tree – in the style of Thomas Hope.

The ‘drug drawers’ of a Yorkshire pharmacy which are proving popular at auction.

“That, as we speak, has attracted people from London to see it. It could work out very well.”

The two-day antiques and artwork sale starts today.


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Chemists bottles from a Yorkshire pharmacy which are proving popular at auction.
One of the old jars to be auctioned this weekend.

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