Mermaid shaped apothecary’s sign, Europe, 1840–1890

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Mermaid shaped apothecary’s sign, Europe, 1840–1890. It is thought that this sign was used to advertise an apothecary’s shop. The plaster covered wooden statue would have had an iron pole to suspend the snake shaped ring from it. With the head and body of a woman and a fish-like tail, the mermaid has long been a figure of myth and legend. Shop sign. Contributors: Science Museum, London. Work ID: kucbp8gd.

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