William Procter (1817-1874) was a brilliant pioneer pharmacist who contributed profoundly to the budding profession as researcher, teacher and administrator. He is considered the father of modern pharmacy. Unfortunately, he is now forgotten except for historians and pharmacists, but he lives on in low relief in these Schering Pharmacy Mortar & Pestle bookends from 1967.
From 1963 to 2009 the Schering Corporation of Kennelworth, NJ, produced a series of Mortar & Pestles for distribution to pharmacists. Along with the actual mortar and pestles a few ancillary items were also made – for instance, the Procter Bookends in 1967. These Procter bookends are thought to be the only bookends from the Mortar & Pestle series. Schering was a pharmaceutical company that originated in Germany in 1851 and whose US assets were seized during WWII. Later the US government auctioned off the company. Click here for a detailed description and photographs of the Schering Mortar & Pestle Series compiled by James P. Bartholomew, RPh.