Another typical area of pharmacy work can be reached on a little flight of stairs. It’s the room where herbs and other solid materials were crushed and ground. Raw drugs in large quantities were first finished and then stored here.
The room filled with the fragrant smell of fresh and dried herbs has furnishings from the “Town Pharmacy” at Mosbach. Most of them were made in the 18th century.
A big variety of tools was at hand for the processing of the materials stored here. Knives and boards were used for the chopping up of roots and bark. Mortars and bowls for crushing were important parts of the equipment, too.
Big amounts of herbs were weighed with the big scale in the middle of the room. The big drug grinder from the “Lion Pharmacy” at Oppenheim is very interesting, too. With its help the pharmacist Friedrich Koch first produced quinine industrially in 1821.