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cautery and snare handle with straight nasal electrode

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Dates
1890
circa 1890
Collection
Dr. Publow Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Otolaryngology
Accession Number
994011021 a-f
Description
The item consists of a cautery and snare handle (a) with straight nasal electrode (b) and securing caps (c-f); the hollow, double cylindrical handle is smooth and has two cylindrical, threaded metal connector rods on either end; on one side of the handle, two reddish, rubber, flat round pieces are …
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Accession Number
994011021 a-f
Collection
Dr. Publow Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Otolaryngology
MeSH Heading
Cautery -- instrumentation
Electrocoagulation -- instrumentation
Description
The item consists of a cautery and snare handle (a) with straight nasal electrode (b) and securing caps (c-f); the hollow, double cylindrical handle is smooth and has two cylindrical, threaded metal connector rods on either end; on one side of the handle, two reddish, rubber, flat round pieces are on either end; a shallow, flat metal groove runs between the two cylinders; a round wooden on/off switch is on one edge of the handle towards the cauterizing end; the on/off switch can be moved; on the side of the handle opposite the round rubber pieces, a wooden wire spool is attached by two parallel, flat, thin metal arms, held to the handle by a slotted screw; the two connecting rods at the cautery end of the handle fit the straight nasal electrode; there is a small, round hole on either end of the connectors; the two metal prongs of the electrode are secured to the connecting rods of the handle by securing caps (c) and (d); the two solid, round prongs of electrode (b) are twisted together in the mid-section, and a black strip of metal, possibly iron, is twisted between them in a spiral; the two prongs separate and run straight close together nearing the cauterizing tip; the prongs end at a thin metal wire that forms a loop at the tip of the electrode; two securing caps (c, d) secure the prongs of the electrode to the upper two connecting rods on the handle, and two (e, f) cap the two lower power source connecting rods on the handle; the securing caps are small, hollow, threaded, and bullet-shaped; two rows of gripping lines are stamped around their middles.
Number Of Parts
6
Part Names
a - handle - Size: Length 15.0 cm x Width 2.5 cm x Depth 3.5 cm
b - nasal electrode - Size: Length 13.4 cm x Width 1.2 cm x Depth 0.4 cm
c - securing cap - Size: Length 1.6 cm x Diam. 0.7 cm
d - securing cap - Size: Length 1.6 cm x Diam. 0.7 cm
e - securing cap - Size: Length 1.6 cm x Diam. 0.7 cm
f - securing cap - Size: Length 1.6 cm x Diam. 0.7 cm
Provenance
Originally owned by Dr. Publow, who practised in Prince Edward County between 1850 and 1900. Given to Dr. M. Williams, head of Otolaryngology at Queen's University.
Dates
1890
circa 1890
Date Remarks
Similar to items shown in 1890s catalogue; identified by Dr. M. Williams as circa 1900
Material
metal: silver; black
wood: light brown; dark brown
rubber: reddish-brown
Inscriptions
None
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-E3-12
Condition Remarks
No dents, cracks or corrosion; normal signs of wear present on metal surfaces in the form of small scratches; small red rust stains at entrance of wire holes; #2: condition unchanged; #3: condition unchanged.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Person
JPG
Reference Comments
Dr. M. Williams; "Aloe's Illustrated and Priced Catalogue of Superior Surgical Instruments, Physicians' Supplies and Hospital Furnishings," by the A.S. Aloe Co., 189–, p. 694 (similar to item 9684); "Illustrated Catalogue and Price List of Max Wocher and Son," by Max Wocher and Son, 189–, p. 105 (similar to item 1074) (see attached photocopies); CD #2
Research Facts
Identified by Dr. M. Williams as "galvanocauteries, circa 1900"
Exhibit History
On display at Hotel Dieu Hospital circa 1983-1993; the item was mounted on an acidic board with copper-covered wires to secure it; on exhibit in the Cabinet of Curiosities, Sept. 2001-May 2002; taken to Toronto for one day for TVO's "More to Life" shoot.
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galvano-cautery interrupting handle and straight nasal electrode

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Dates
1890
circa 1890
Collection
Dr. Publow Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Otolaryngology
Accession Number
994011020 a-b
Description
The galvanocautery handle (a) consists of a thick, flat octagonal handle made of two joined pieces of dark wood; two wires joined by black rubber coating and protected by yellow rubber exit through a round hole at one end of the handle; wood pieces are held together by two round slotted screws; a r…
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Accession Number
994011020 a-b
Collection
Dr. Publow Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Otolaryngology
MeSH Heading
Cautery -- instrumentation
Electrocoagulation -- instrumentation
Description
The galvanocautery handle (a) consists of a thick, flat octagonal handle made of two joined pieces of dark wood; two wires joined by black rubber coating and protected by yellow rubber exit through a round hole at one end of the handle; wood pieces are held together by two round slotted screws; a round metal joint joined with a nut and bolt extends from the other end; two cylindrical hollow rods extend from this joint, connected by two oblong flat wooden disks; these hollow rods accomodate (b), a straight nasal electrode; a flat, thin metal arm attached by two slotted screws to the handle and ending with a thick round wooden disk with a hole in the middle, and a curving metal hook, operated by another thin, metal arm attached to the side of the handle with a slotted screw, acts as an on/off switch; the nasal electrode attaches to the handle with two solid, thin, cylindrical connecting rods; a solid wooden cylinder with a rounded top and bottom join these rods; after this connection point, the distance between the rods narrows, and they are joined by a flat, wooden oval disk; the rods continue in a straight path, and terminate at two tapering rods that join at the end to form a rounded tip.
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - handle - Size: Length 25.0 cm x Width 2.3 cm x Depth 5.7 cm
b - nasal electrode - Size: Length 13.7 cm x Width 1.8 cm x Depth 1.0 cm
Provenance
Originally owned by Dr. Publow, who practised in Prince Edward County between 1850 and 1900. Given to Dr. M. Williams, head of Otolaryngology at Queen's University.
Maker
Comprex Oscillator Corp.
Site Made (City)
New York
Site Made (State)
New York
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1890
circa 1890
Date Remarks
Similar to item in 1890s catalogue; identified by Dr. Williams
Material
metal: silver
wood: dark brown
rubber: yellow; black
Inscriptions
"COMPREX OSCILLATOR CORP. NEW YORK" stamped into the metal arm attached to the wooden handle.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-E3-12
Condition Remarks
The two electric wires on the handle were coated with a yellow rubber; when the instrument was mounted originally, the wires were forced through holes in the mounting board and tied to secure the artifact; upon careful removal of the artifact from the board, the yellow rubber disintegrated where the wires had been tied; 2 cm of this yellow rubber remains coating one wire; 0.5 cm remains on the other; the black rubber coating binding both wires appears very soft and brittle; the metal on the object shows slight signs of wear; the plating is slightly worn; the exposed wires are bent and a black discolouration (from the deteriorating rubber?) can be found in small patches; the ends are frayed and covered with orange corrosion; #2: rubber is cracked; metal tarnished
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Person
JPG
Reference Comments
Dr. M. Williams; "An Illustrated Catalogue and Price List of Max Wocher and Son," by Max Wocher and Son, 189–, p. 104 (similar to item #1068) and p. 105 (similar to item # 1074); (see attached photocopies); CD #4.
Research Facts
Dr. Williams identified the item as "galvanocautery circa 1900."
Exhibit History
On display at Hotel Dieu Hospital circa 1983-1993; the item was mounted on an acidic board with copper-covered wires to secure it.
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Collection
Dr. Publow Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Otolaryngology
Accession Number
994011004
Description
The hot cautery consists of a plated metal square handle and a thin, round rod leading to an iron tear-shaped component; the handle is tapered at the end, then expands towards the cauterizing end; the four main sides of the handle are joined by four smaller sides, making the handle oxagonal; the ti…
Accession Number
994011004
Collection
Dr. Publow Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Otolaryngology
MeSH Heading
Cautery -- instrumentation
Description
The hot cautery consists of a plated metal square handle and a thin, round rod leading to an iron tear-shaped component; the handle is tapered at the end, then expands towards the cauterizing end; the four main sides of the handle are joined by four smaller sides, making the handle oxagonal; the tip of the handle is rounded; a thin, round rod extends from the opposite end of the handle closest to the cauterizing end; a tear-shaped iron component is at the end of this rod; the round part of the iron tear-shaped piece is attached to the rod, and it narrows to a point at approximately a 45° angle; all components are solid.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Originally owned by Dr. Publow, who practised in Prince Edward County between 1850 and 1900. Given to Dr. M. Williams, head of Otolaryngology at Queen's University.
Maker
F.A. Harding & Co.
Site Made (City)
Chicago
Site Made (State)
Illinois
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Material
metal: silver; brown
Inscriptions
F.A. Harding & Co. symbol, an eye inside the letter "C," is stamped on the handle nearest the cauterizing end.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-E3-12
Dimension Notes
Length 14.3 cm x Width 0.6 cm x Depth 1.0 cm
Condition Remarks
The item shows normal signs of wear; the plating is slightly worn along the handle, and more severely worn on the flared part of the metal rod; brown corrosion appears on the rod as it nears the iron piece; the iron piece also shows signs of corrosion; #2: stained.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Reference Comments
Dr. M. Williams
Research Facts
Identified by Dr. Williams as a hot cautery; no similar item could be found in any catalogue (starting at 1890)
Exhibit History
On display at Hotel Dieu Hospital circa 1983-1993; the item was mounted on an acidic board with copper-covered wires to secure it.
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