In 17th century French alchemical practices, this symbol was a "time sign" used to represent the period of an hour.
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Alchemical symbols, originally devised as part of alchemy, were used to denote some elements and some compounds until the 18th century. Note that while notation like this was mostly standardized, sty… read more »
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