Barber surgeon's sign, England, 1680-1830

 
Barber surgeon's sign, England, 1680-1830
4 0 c m
 
29cm
actual image size: 21cm x 32cm

Description

Hung outside a barber-surgeon’s premises, this double-sided carved sign illustrates one of the main services on offer, bloodletting. The sign also features a skull, as a representation of death, and a sand glass timer at the top, possibly to show the short nature of life. There are no words on the sign so even if you could not read you could still understand what the sign was advertising.

Image Details

Image Ref.
 
10678257

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