Old English original apothecary (or modern-day pharmacist) "Dispensing" sign. In addition to dispensing herbs and medicine, the apothecary offered general medical advice and a range of services. In seventeenth century England, they also controlled the trade of tobacco which was imported as a medicine.
Reverse painted glass.
A different connotation entirely might be thought of in modern day California...
Dimensions: 17 x 5