G580 Wonderful late 19th century red, white and blue painted solid wood turned Barber Pole with cast iron bracket to mount on wall. A nice, solid wooden ball turning at the very top and decorative turnings on both top and bottom adds to the visual appeal of this pole! This pole is in great condition and measures: 41 3/4” long x 4 3/4” diameter. If mounted by the iron bracket, it will stick out approximately 6 1/4” from the surface it is mounted on. Barbers performed more than just a haircut and close shave in the nineteenth century; they also performed bloodletting, leeching, basic surgeries and even some dentistry as a standard service. Since many people were illiterate during the time, universally acknowledged signs were often used to advertise services. It is believed the red and white stripes represent blood (red) and bandages (white). The barber shop was a place the common folk could seek medical treatment for things such as boils and fractures.