Barber-surgeon's bronze token, England, 1790-1799

Made:
1790-1799 in England
maker:
Unattributed

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Bronze token advertises a Smithfield barber surgeon (?). Artist unknown, token English, 1790-1799

This well worn bronze token is used to advertise a barber-surgeon located in Smithfield, London. Smithfield has been the meat selling district in London for over 800 years. The token advertises Harris’ services as tooth pulling and bloodletting, and as a “hair dresser”.

Details

Category:
Wellcome Medals
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A677627
type:
token commemoration (dentistry), therapeutics (phlebotomy) and advertisement, commemoration (dentistry), therapeutics (phlebotomy) and token
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
  • exchange medium
  • visual and verbal communication
  • visual and verbal communication
  • exchange medium