Promotional 17th century Delft reproduction ceramic pill tile produced by the Burroughs, Wellcome & Co. for their Pharmacy Education Fund. The front of the tile depicts the front of an apothecary with the druggist making medicine outdoors in front of the business. The top corners of the tile each have a unicorn depicted. The following description is glued to the back of the tile on a piece of paper, "In recognition… The 17th century marked the beginning of the pharmacist's expanded role in health care. By the end of that century, druggists in England had waged a stormy protest against their restricted duties and had even won the right to practice medicine without a physician's license. To honor pharmacists for their newly-recognized professionalism and dedicated service, pill tiles, used for the preparation of medications, were awarded to those druggists who successfully completed their formal training. This handmade tile from Delft, Holland, depicts a 17th century druggist working outdoors with a large mortar to prevent foul odors from contaminating the inside of his apothecary. This tile is part of a limited edition commissioned by Burroughs, Wellcome & Co. in recognition of today's pharmacy community. (B-775)"
Tiles copyrighted by Burroughs, Wellcome & Co.
6 in x 6 in
Burroughs, Wellcome & Co., “Apotheek,” American Institute of the History of Pharmacy Digital Collection, accessed December 3, 2023, https://aihp.omeka.net/items/show/177.