Minton Tile Caduceus

HCBN September Medical Museum

September 01, 2014
The picture and description appear courtesy of Dr. M. Donald Blaufox, M.D., Ph.D, from his website:

Each month we visit Dr. Blaufox’s Museum of Historical Medical Artifacts to take a look back at the medical equipment that cleared the way for what patients encounter in doctors’ offices and operating rooms of today. Some equipment may be recognizable, while other inventions featured here have since become obsolete or have had their usefulness discredited.

Category: Art
Estimated Date: 1900
Name: Minton Tile Caduceus
Manufacturer: Minton China Works

Description: This tile was made by the Minton factory and is fully marked on the reverse MINTONS CHINA WORKS STOKE ON TRENT. I am not certain of the exact date, but certainly an S was added to the name Minton in 1871. This tile probably dates from between 1890 and 1920. It is standard size six inches square and is 0.5 inches thick. There is a tiny chip on the top edge and a nibbled part along one edge. The central symbol is a caduceus or Herald’s wand such as that carried by Hermes the messenger God. It is the symbol used by the medical profession.