Earthenware pill tile, decorated with Arms from Society of Apothecaries and City of London

Made:
1671-1730

Earthenware pill tile, elongated octagonal, tin-glazed decorated with the Arms of the Society of Apothecaries and the City of London, English, late 17th to early 18th century

The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries is a livery company of the City of London. Founded by Royal Charter in 1617, the society remains an active member of the medical profession.

The coat of arms bears their motto - "Opiferque per orbem dicor" which means "Throughout the world I am known as a bringer of help", taken from Ovid's Metamorphoses.

Details

Category:
Pharmacy-ware
Object Number:
A43110
type:
pill tiles pharmacy (preparation) and pharmacy (preparation) and pill tiles
credit:
Loan, Wellcome Trust