Original cast-iron cork-press
During the 18th and 19th c. There was no chemist that had not a cast-iron corkpress in his shop. Mostly shaped in a acanthus-leaf or animalform they stood screwed onto the wooden counter. There use was to ‘press’ the cork and make it fit, airtight, into the bottle-neck. Our corkpress is shaped like a crocodile the symbol that was used, during the previous centuries, as a symbol to the pharmacy.