Cast Iron Mortar and Pestles
Metal mortar and pestles have fallen out of use in the modern practice of pharmacy. They are very heavy compared to glass mortars and are more difficult to clean and keep form corroding and rusting with everyday use and cleaning.
These metal apothecary relics of the Civil War were used to coursely grind herbs and botanicals back in the 1800's.
The practice of compounding owes much to the metal mortar and pestle. Metal was much more durable than porcelain.
Drugstore Museum Metal Mortar and Pestles
Below are examples of decorative mortar and pestles. Often these were given away to pharmacists for ordering drugs from pharmaceutical companies. This practice of giving gifts to pharmacists for ordering drugs has completely fallen by the way side. Gifts such as these were common place up till the early 1970's.