French Enamel Apothecary Labels

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Three enamel on copper apothecary bottle labels with silver chains, finely decorated with a floral design. The labels read “Witchazel”, “Bicarbonate of Soda” and “Peroxide”. They are made in the shape of a shield which is convex in two planes to accommodate the curve of a bottle.

The back of each shield is marked “France” but they would have been made for an English customer around the late 19th century. They are unsigned. Similar earlier examples can be seen in Elizabeth Bennion’s “Antique Medical Instruments” (plate XIV).

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