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Mouse dropper*

N° inventaire: TR 2013.1.472 Categories: , Tag:

• Date: possibly 19th c.

• Manufacturing technique: blown clear glass, added ears and legs shaped with tongs, blue glass eyes

• Dimensions: H : 5,8 ; l : 3 ; P : 12

• Collection: Coll. Ecomusée de l’Avesnois

• Credit: © Lucie Nicolas / Ecomusée de l’Avesnois


In the eighteenth century droppers took on zoomorphic designs, the mouse being especially popular. The vessel was filled with liquid through the muzzle of the animal and the tail, having a tiny hole, measured out the drops. This amusing little object has completely disappeared from modern chemist’s shops. Local customs transformed such objects into practical jokes by blowing down the muzzle to spray an unsuspecting victim.