One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Small accessories and utensils used in a tradesperson's shop, especially glass or ceramic jars, bottles, etc., used for storage and display in an apothecary's shop or pharmacy (now rare and historical).
2The fixtures and fittings of a shop, such as counters, shelves, display cabinets, etc.
Early 18th century; earliest use found in Daily Courant.
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