[Sca-cooks] Alligators was: Magpies

Wanda Pease wandap at hevanet.com
Mon Mar 3 21:15:26 PST 2008

I don't know if this has been mentioned, but it seems that a dried/mummified
alligator (long sorta pointy snout rather than rounded) hung in most of the
apothecary shops and were sort of a required charm for an alchemist.  Now I
must admit that I'm going from some etchings that I don't have to hand and
the memory of three "historic apothecary shops" I saw in Germany. One was in
Heidelberg Castle near the big wine vat. Possibly they were out of our
period however.


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