Metal shop sign advertising various products for sale, English, 19th century
All the items advertised by the metal sign might typically be found in a pharmacy in the 1800s. These include patent medicines – some of which were likely to have limited health benefits – medicated lozenges, infant foods and feeding bottles. Like many modern chemists, the shop also stocked non-medical items – in this case ink.
Leeches were also sold there. These were used for bloodletting, a centuries old practice once used to treat a wide range of medical conditions.
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overall (standing): 384 mm x 280 mm x 175 mm, .88 kg
- shop sign
- visual and verbal communication
- sign - promotional or advertising artefact
- Loan: Wellcome Trust
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