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Collection
Rockwood / Kingston Psychiatric Hospital / Providence Continuing Care Centre Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
Accession Number
000003045
Description
Ashtray, which is made of a single piece of painted metal that is bent to form a rectangular-shaped base with slightly raised sides and flat outer edges; there is a rounded cigarette groove at each corner; one corner has a small, round hole punched through the metal; the base of the ashtray has wor…
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Accession Number
000003045
Collection
Rockwood / Kingston Psychiatric Hospital / Providence Continuing Care Centre Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
MeSH Heading
Household Articles
Mental Health -- hospital
Description
Ashtray, which is made of a single piece of painted metal that is bent to form a rectangular-shaped base with slightly raised sides and flat outer edges; there is a rounded cigarette groove at each corner; one corner has a small, round hole punched through the metal; the base of the ashtray has words and a design stamped into the metal.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Used at the Kingston Psychiatric Hospital
Material
metal: grey
paint: yellow
Inscriptions
The bottom of the ashtray reads, "ONT. HOSP." and has a crown design.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-D2-5
Dimension Notes
Length 14.5 cm x Width 9.5 cm x Depth 0.8 cm
Condition Remarks
The paint is worn and chipped in several spots; the paint on the inside bottom of the ashtray shows a great deal of burn damage and has been blackened; the metal shows no corrosion.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
JPG
Reference Comments
Connie Cox, retired KPH nurse; CD #3
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automatic topical dispenser

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact1421
Dates
1940
circa 1940
Collection
Dr. C. M. Bracken Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
Accession Number
993004029
Description
Automatic topical medical dispenser made of frosted molded glass has stainless steel cap with flip-up lid; lid opens to a sloped center with small opening; unable to remove lid but appears to be a metal apparatus for raising objects inside; catalogue description reads: "Automatic topical medical di…
Accession Number
993004029
Collection
Dr. C. M. Bracken Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
MeSH Heading
Administration, Topical -- instrumentation
Disinfection
MM= Physician and Hospital Supply -- storage container
Description
Automatic topical medical dispenser made of frosted molded glass has stainless steel cap with flip-up lid; lid opens to a sloped center with small opening; unable to remove lid but appears to be a metal apparatus for raising objects inside; catalogue description reads: "Automatic topical medical dispenser -- fluid never exposed until used. Light pressure of applicator or sponge on despensing disk pumps fluid to surface. No caps to remove and replace -- no need to touch bottle. Airtight check valve in stainless steel pump unit eliminates evaporation and contamination over long periods, yet is always ready for instant use."
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Belonged to Dr. C.M. Bracken
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1940
circa 1940
Date Remarks
Valuator Dr. J.R. Scott; American Hospital Supply Catalogue order # 12040-020
Material
glass: frosted
metal: grey
Inscriptions
Raised design underneath: "2 OZ // .15 (A) 48 // U.S.A."; printed under lift-up cap: "MENDAUSA // STAINLESS // PAT. PEND."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A5-6 Box 5 Row E
Dimension Notes
Length: 9.0 cm. x Diam. : 4.0 cm.
Condition Remarks
(no initial comments); # 2: no damage; #3: some matter stuck to bottom; dirty
Exhibit History
Hall of Honour - Bracken Exhibit
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Baby Ben alarm clock

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact11153
Dates
1964
1973
1964-1973
Collection
Carson Cross Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
Accession Number
005011001
Description
A metal "Baby Ben" alarm clock; has a rectangular base with a round face; the face is a slightly lighter shade of silver (aluminum?) and under a circular convex piece of glass; there are dials and knobs on the back for setting the time and alarm.
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Accession Number
005011001
Collection
Carson Cross Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
MeSH Heading
Household Articles
Radium
MM= Household Articles -- ruler, compass, protractor, timepiece
Description
A metal "Baby Ben" alarm clock; has a rectangular base with a round face; the face is a slightly lighter shade of silver (aluminum?) and under a circular convex piece of glass; there are dials and knobs on the back for setting the time and alarm.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Belonged to the donor's family since it was purchased new in Peterborough, Ontario; it was originally loaned to the museum for the "Radium" exhibit.
Maker
Westclox
Site Made (City)
Peterborough
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1964
1973
1964-1973
Date Remarks
These clocks were made from 1964 until 1973
Material
metal: silver
glass: clear
Inscriptions
"Baby Ben" and "WESTCLOX" printed on the face "6 // 53632" engraved on the bottom of the base
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-F3-10
Dimension Notes
Length 9.0 cm x Width 5.8 cm x Depth 8.3 cm
Condition Remarks
Some wear on the back where the dials have been rotated.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Internet
Reference Comments
"ClockHistory.com"
Research Facts
This is a series 8 Baby Ben clock; clocks with radium arms and dials were used because it glowed; the painters of these clocks (mostly female) often suffered from skin ulcerations, tumours, and many eventually died.
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Dates
1920
1930
circa 1920-1930
Collection
Dr. R. Gordon Sinclair Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Hygiene
Pediatrics
Classification
Patient Care
Hygiene
Sanitation
Bedpan
Home Health Care
Accession Number
002017002
Description
A small pink cup-shaped style enameled bedpan known as a "baby potty," with a round handle on one side.
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Accession Number
002017002
Collection
Dr. R. Gordon Sinclair Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Hygiene
Pediatrics
Classification
Patient Care
Hygiene
Sanitation
Bedpan
Home Health Care
MeSH Heading
Hygiene
Pediatrics
Sanitation
Toilet Facilities
Description
A small pink cup-shaped style enameled bedpan known as a "baby potty," with a round handle on one side.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Belonged to Dr. R. Gordon Sinclair.
Dates
1920
1930
circa 1920-1930
Date Remarks
Based on appearance and colour
Material
metal: pink
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0007
0007-N1-2
Temporary Location
On display "Doctor's Treatment Room c1930" at Museum of Health Care 20 Feb 2016.
Length
16.5 cm
Width
15.0 cm
Depth
7.5 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Dimension Notes
Length 16.5 cm x Width 15.0 cm x Depth 7.5 cm
Condition Remarks
Several large chips and cracks in the enamel coating of object, especially at the edges; some water marks and corrosion on chips inside object.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Website
Reference Comments
Brownstoner, "From Pakistan to Brooklyn: A Quick History of the Bathroom," by Suzanne Spellen, https://www.brownstoner.com/architecture/victorian-bathroom-history-plumbing-brooklyn-architecture-interiors/.
Research Facts
By the 1920s, bathrooms were becoming more colourful and decorative than they had been in the Victorian era.
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Dates
1890
circa 1890
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
Accession Number
1985.18.2
Description
Lathe-turned mulberry wood is hollowed out, with a ball of mulberry wood that fits inside and rotates.
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Accession Number
1985.18.2
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
MeSH Heading
Massage -- instrumentation
Description
Lathe-turned mulberry wood is hollowed out, with a ball of mulberry wood that fits inside and rotates.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source: Mr. D. Pepper.
Site Made (Country)
Japan
Dates
1890
circa 1890
Material
wood: brown
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-C3-9
Dimension Notes
Diam. 7.2 cm
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
JPG
Reference Comments
Mr. D. Pepper; CD #UHN
Research Facts
Used to massage tired muscles; brought to US by missionaries; sometimes called "temago" ("hand-operated grandchild").
Images
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Dates
1940
circa 1940
Collection
Lt. N/S Nursing Sister Miriam Hartrick Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Wound dressing
First Aid
Classification
Treatment, General
Patient Care Artifacts
Wound dressing
First Aid
Accession Number
002001059
Description
Bandage, cylindrical roll of gauze, packaged in blue paper; folded over at ends with circular paper patch to seal package; manufacturer's label on side, paper with orange outer border, red inner patterned border, and white background.
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Accession Number
002001059
Collection
Lt. N/S Nursing Sister Miriam Hartrick Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Wound dressing
First Aid
Classification
Treatment, General
Patient Care Artifacts
Wound dressing
First Aid
MeSH Heading
Bandages
First Aid -- instrumentation
Description
Bandage, cylindrical roll of gauze, packaged in blue paper; folded over at ends with circular paper patch to seal package; manufacturer's label on side, paper with orange outer border, red inner patterned border, and white background.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Owned and used by Lieutenant N/S (Nursing Sister) Miriam Hartrick during World War II.
Maker
Johnson & Johnson
Site Made (City)
Montreal
Site Made (State)
Quebec
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1940
circa 1940
Date Remarks
Based on provenance
Material
paper: light blue, white
ink: orange, black, red
fabric: white
Inscriptions
"Johnson & Johnson // 25 YARDS // BRUNSWICK GAUZE // PLAIN // Johnson & Johnson // LIMITED MONTREAL // MADE IN CANADA"; two symbols flank the lower "Johnson & Johnson" logo: they are circular, made of stylized chain links forming a compass or quadrafoil design within a circle.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-D4-2 Box 2 Row D
Length
22.2 cm
Diameter
10.5 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Dimension Notes
Length 22.2 cm x Diameter 10.5 cm
Condition Remarks
Packaging is discoloured in patches; one tear at end 5 cm long; gauze inside is in excellent condition.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Website
Reference Comments
Maureen Shelly, "130 Years of Giving Back: How Johnson & Johnson Has Helped the World in Times of Crisis," Johnson & Johnson, https://www.jnj.com/our-heritage/history-of-johnson-and-johnson-giving-back-during-times-of-crisis.
Research Facts
Johnson & Johnson manufactured many products for military use, such as gas masks, airplane parts and camouflage material. For its contributions, the company received the Army-Navy E Award for Excellence.
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Dates
1915
1920
circa 1915-1920
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Patient Care
First Aid
Emergency Medicine
Military Medicine
Orthopedic
Classification
Treatment, General
Patient Care
First Aid
Emergency Medicine
Orthopedic
Military Medicine
Military Supplies
Wound Healing
Bandages
Accession Number
1969.176.1 a-j
Description
Rolls of woven fabric of various weave sizes used to make plaster casts on limbs during WWI; fine weave might be made from linen; (a-d) has fine weave with paper wrapping; (e-h) has fine weave without original paper wrapping; (i-j) is coarse weave and not wrapped with paper; (j) is the most comple…
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Accession Number
1969.176.1 a-j
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Patient Care
First Aid
Emergency Medicine
Military Medicine
Orthopedic
Classification
Treatment, General
Patient Care
First Aid
Emergency Medicine
Orthopedic
Military Medicine
Military Supplies
Wound Healing
Bandages
MeSH Heading
Bandages
First Aid
Military -- equipment and supplies
Military -- First World War -- World War One -- WW1 -- WWI
Germany
Description
Rolls of woven fabric of various weave sizes used to make plaster casts on limbs during WWI; fine weave might be made from linen; (a-d) has fine weave with paper wrapping; (e-h) has fine weave without original paper wrapping; (i-j) is coarse weave and not wrapped with paper; (j) is the most complete roll with twine wrapped around several times and with original small square of cardboard with metal straight pin to close edge after use; edges of rolls are raw cut.
Number Of Parts
10
Part Names
a - roll: Length 15.0 x 5.8 cm Diam.
b - roll: Length 15.0 x 6.8 cm Diam.
c-d - rolls: Length 15.0 x 6.5 cm Diam.
e - roll: Length 16.3 x 6.2 cm Diam.
f + h - rolls: Length 16.3 x 6.2 cm Diam.
g - roll: Length 16.3 x 6.0 cm Diam.
i - roll: Length 14.5 x 5.8 cm Diam.
j - roll: Length 14.0 x 6.5 cm Diam.
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine.
Dates
1915
1920
circa 1915-1920
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-D4-2 Box 1
Copy Type
Original
Images
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Dates
1915
1920
circa 1915-1920
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Patient Care
First Aid
Emergency Medicine
Military Medicine
Orthopedic
Classification
Treatment, General
Patient Care
First Aid
Emergency Medicine
Orthopedic
Military Medicine
Military Supplies
Wound Healing
Bandages
Accession Number
1969.176.2 a-l
Description
Rolls of tan crepe type stretchy paper used to make plaster casts on limbs during WWI; (a-d) with self paper wrapping; (e-h) has fine weave without original paper wrapping; (e-l) are wrapped with thin Kraft paper; edges of rolls are raw cut.
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Accession Number
1969.176.2 a-l
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Patient Care
First Aid
Emergency Medicine
Military Medicine
Orthopedic
Classification
Treatment, General
Patient Care
First Aid
Emergency Medicine
Orthopedic
Military Medicine
Military Supplies
Wound Healing
Bandages
MeSH Heading
Bandages
First Aid
Military -- equipment and supplies
Military -- First World War -- World War One -- WW1 -- WWI
Germany
Description
Rolls of tan crepe type stretchy paper used to make plaster casts on limbs during WWI; (a-d) with self paper wrapping; (e-h) has fine weave without original paper wrapping; (e-l) are wrapped with thin Kraft paper; edges of rolls are raw cut.
Number Of Parts
12
Part Names
a-d - Length 10.5 cm x 3.0 cm Diam
e - Length 9.8 cm x 3.5 cm Diam
f-g - Length 6.0 cm x 3.3 cm Diam
i-l - Length 6.0 cm x 3.0 cm Diam
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine.
Dates
1915
1920
circa 1915-1920
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
(a-h) 0010-D4-2 Box 2 Row A
(i-l) 0010-D4-2 Box 2 Row B
Copy Type
Original
Images
Less detail
Dates
1955
circa 1955
Collection
Rockwood / Kingston Psychiatric Hospital / Providence Continuing Care Centre Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
Accession Number
000003282
Description
Barber's case, which consists of a handmade, rectangular leather case; its seams are held together by leather cross-stitch; it has a flat bottom, smooth sides, and a metal zipper running across the centre of the top side; the inside surfaces are rough suede, while the outer surfaces are a reddish-b…
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Accession Number
000003282
Collection
Rockwood / Kingston Psychiatric Hospital / Providence Continuing Care Centre Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
MeSH Heading
Mental Health -- hospital
Mental Health -- patient
Description
Barber's case, which consists of a handmade, rectangular leather case; its seams are held together by leather cross-stitch; it has a flat bottom, smooth sides, and a metal zipper running across the centre of the top side; the inside surfaces are rough suede, while the outer surfaces are a reddish-brown painted finished leather; two semicircular leather handles are affixed to the long edges of the top end with four metal connectors and leather stitching; a white rectangular fabric label is attached with adhesive to the top end, between the zipper and one handle; there is an irregular rectangular pouch pocket with a round brown and gold metal snap sewn to the front with leather stitches.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Used at the Kingston Psychiatric Hospital
Dates
1955
circa 1955
Date Remarks
Based on date on documents found in case
Material
metal: silver; brown; yellow
leather: red-brown
fabric: brown; white; red
Inscriptions
"LIGHTNING" is stamped into the metal zipper pull; the white fabric label reads "CHS." in black ink, and "GRAY" in red stitches.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-C3-10
Dimension Notes
Length 30.7 cm x Width 28.7 cm x Depth 8.2 cm
Condition Remarks
The leather of the barber case was moderately scuffed and worn, but all stitching was intact, and there were no tears or holes; the bright red colouring on the inside surfaces revealed that the outer colouring has faded somewhat; metal parts showed no signs of corrosion; the fabric surrounding the zipper was discoloured from wear; the case was dusty.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
JPG
Reference Comments
C. Cox, retired KPH RN; CD #4
Research Facts
Used by patient and barber at KPH, a veteran; arrived with artifacts 000.003.283-.297
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barrel nut wrench

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact4573
Collection
Rockwood / Kingston Psychiatric Hospital / Providence Continuing Care Centre Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
Accession Number
000003070
Description
Forty-five gal. barrel nut wrench, which consists of a long, heavy hollow cylindrical metal handle with a larger diameter hollow cylindrical head attached perpendicularly to the handle; the head is round and open at its outer edge and there are two squared notches cut into the metal; the other end …
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Accession Number
000003070
Collection
Rockwood / Kingston Psychiatric Hospital / Providence Continuing Care Centre Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
MeSH Heading
Equipment and Supplies
Mental Health -- hospital
Description
Forty-five gal. barrel nut wrench, which consists of a long, heavy hollow cylindrical metal handle with a larger diameter hollow cylindrical head attached perpendicularly to the handle; the head is round and open at its outer edge and there are two squared notches cut into the metal; the other end is partially closed by having the handle coming through its centre. Deaccessioned.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Used at the Kingston Psychiatric Hospital
Material
metal: brown; grey
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-C3-8
Dimension Notes
Length 43.6 cm x Width 10.5 cm x Depth 5.1 cm
Condition Remarks
The metal is very worn and shows corrosion; #2: corrosion.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
JPG
Reference Comments
Connie Cox, retired KPH nurse; came with museum identification card that read, "45 GAL. BARREL NUT // WRENCH" (not saved); CD #3
Research Facts
The wrench was part of the Rockwood Museum collection (#H077)
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barrel nut wrench

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact4586
Collection
Rockwood / Kingston Psychiatric Hospital / Providence Continuing Care Centre Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
Accession Number
000003083
Description
Barrel nut wrench, which consists of a hollow, cylindrical handle with a larger hollow cylindrical attachment 1/3 of the way down the handle, and attached perpendicularly; the attachment has an open, round end with two square notches cut into the outer edges; the back of the attachment is closed an…
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Accession Number
000003083
Collection
Rockwood / Kingston Psychiatric Hospital / Providence Continuing Care Centre Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
MeSH Heading
Equipment and Supplies
Mental Health -- hospital
Description
Barrel nut wrench, which consists of a hollow, cylindrical handle with a larger hollow cylindrical attachment 1/3 of the way down the handle, and attached perpendicularly; the attachment has an open, round end with two square notches cut into the outer edges; the back of the attachment is closed and attached to the handle; the top of the handle is round and open with a ragged round hole on its outer edge; the bottom of the handle is round and plugged with plaster. Deaccessioned.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Used at the Kingston Psychiatric Hospital
Material
metal: dark grey; brown
plaster: white
Inscriptions
None
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-C3-8
Dimension Notes
Depth 39.8 cm x Width 11.1 cm x Depth 4.4 cm
Condition Remarks
The barrel nut wrench is very worn and shows corrosion; #2: corrosion.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Other
JPG
Reference Comments
Came with a museum identification card that read, "H078 // BARREL NUT WRENCH" (not saved); CD #4
Research Facts
The barrel nut wrench was part of the Rockwood Museum collection (#H078); the wrench appears to be handmade.
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Collection
Rockwood / Kingston Psychiatric Hospital / Providence Continuing Care Centre Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
Accession Number
000003084
Description
Barrel opener tool, which consists of two flat, rectangular-shaped metal bars soldered together to form a cross (or X-shape); the ends of the horizontal piece have rounded corners; the vertical piece has a flat bottom edge and a square notch piece cut out from the top edge; the bars have traces of …
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Accession Number
000003084
Collection
Rockwood / Kingston Psychiatric Hospital / Providence Continuing Care Centre Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
MeSH Heading
Mental Health -- hospital
Description
Barrel opener tool, which consists of two flat, rectangular-shaped metal bars soldered together to form a cross (or X-shape); the ends of the horizontal piece have rounded corners; the vertical piece has a flat bottom edge and a square notch piece cut out from the top edge; the bars have traces of paint on them. Deaccessioned.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Used at the Kingston Psychiatric Hospital, by housekeeping.
Material
metal: brown
paint: black
Inscriptions
None
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-C3-8
Dimension Notes
Depth 37.5 cm x Width 36.2 cm x Depth 2.1 cm
Condition Remarks
The barrel opener tool is worn and is quite corroded; #2: corrosion.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Other
JPG
Reference Comments
Came with a museum identification card that read, "BARREL OPENER TOOL" (not saved); CD #4
Research Facts
The barrel opener tool was part of the Rockwood Museum collection; the opener appears to be handmade.
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bath thermometer

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact8914
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
Accession Number
2000.1.16
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Accession Number
2000.1.16
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
MeSH Heading
Baths
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-F4-4
Condition Remarks
#2: mercury is solidified
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
JPG
Reference Comments
CD #UHN
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bath thermometer

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact4602
Dates
1906
circa 1906
Collection
Rockwood / Kingston Psychiatric Hospital / Providence Continuing Care Centre Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
Accession Number
000003099
Description
Bath thermometer, which consists of a narrow flat piece of wood with a rounded bottom and a top piece that curves inwards, then back outwards to create a handle with a rounded outer edge; the handle section has a small hole drilled through the wood; the front of the wooden piece has a long, narrow …
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Accession Number
000003099
Collection
Rockwood / Kingston Psychiatric Hospital / Providence Continuing Care Centre Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
MeSH Heading
Thermometers
Temperature
Mental Health -- hospital
Description
Bath thermometer, which consists of a narrow flat piece of wood with a rounded bottom and a top piece that curves inwards, then back outwards to create a handle with a rounded outer edge; the handle section has a small hole drilled through the wood; the front of the wooden piece has a long, narrow groove cut into the wood, which has a rounded bottom; this is designed to securely hold a glass thermometer; the thermometer is cylindrical with a rounded top and a bulbous bottom; the thermometer has red fluid inside it; there is an incremental scale stamped onto the wood in ink beside the thermometer; the thermometer is held into the wood with two small thin metal bands; the back of the wooden piece is flat and has writing on it.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Used at the Kingston Psychiatric Hospital for continuous bath therapy water monitoring.
Dates
1906
circa 1906
Date Remarks
Continuous bath therapy used at Kingston Psychiatric Hospital from 1906 until the 1940s
Material
metal: grey
wood: beige
glass: clear
Inscriptions
The front of the thermometer has a manufacturer's mark (mostly illegible) that reads, "A [illeg.] // H [illeg.]"; under this is an incremented scale with numbers on the right side that read, "65 // 60 // 50 // 40 // 30 // 20 // 10 // 0 // -5" and the lefts side of the scale reads, "C° // HOT // WARM // TEPID // TEMP // COOL // U.S."; the back of the wooden piece reads, "Wd. 3. K.W"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-F4-4
Dimension Notes
Length 5.1 cm x Width 22.8 cm x Depth 1.3 cm
Condition Remarks
The wood shows some wear and some staining, but is complete; some of the printing is illegible; the glass is complete and undamaged; the metal bands are discoloured but do not show active corrosion; #2: Note: contains mercury.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Person
Reference Comments
Rockwood Asylum 1906 Annual Report; "125 Years Keeping People Healthy Kingston Psychiatric Hospital," by Jane Lesslie, 1981, p. 28; Connie Cox, retired KPH nurse.
Research Facts
Continuous bath therapy was used at Kingston Psychiatric Hospital from 1906 until the 1940s; nurses or attendants were required to check the water temperature every 15 minutes.
Exhibit History
On display, Providence Continuing Care Centre: "Rockwood Asylum: Refuge and Renewal 1878–1905" from Feb. 13, 2007 to 24 Nov 2016. In plexibox 1 of exhibit "Asylum" The Story of Kingston Psychiatric Hospital, Dec. 5, 2000.
Images
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Dates
1950
1970
circa 1950-1970
Collection
Rockwood / Kingston Psychiatric Hospital / Providence Continuing Care Centre Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
Accession Number
000003086
Description
Bed cradle, which consists of a long, solid cylindrical metal bar formed into a semicircle with a triangular foot at each end; the foot is also formed with the cylindrical bar; each foot has a piece of cylindrical bar above it, formed into a V-shape with the point wrapping around the main bar and t…
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Accession Number
000003086
Collection
Rockwood / Kingston Psychiatric Hospital / Providence Continuing Care Centre Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
MeSH Heading
Household Articles
Mental Health -- hospital
Description
Bed cradle, which consists of a long, solid cylindrical metal bar formed into a semicircle with a triangular foot at each end; the foot is also formed with the cylindrical bar; each foot has a piece of cylindrical bar above it, formed into a V-shape with the point wrapping around the main bar and the outer ends bent into small open-centred circles.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Used at the Kingston Psychiatric Hospital
Dates
1950
1970
circa 1950-1970
Material
metal: silver
Inscriptions
None
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0009
0009-11-2
Dimension Notes
Length 105.1 cm x Width 25.1 cm x Depth 80.3 cm
Condition Remarks
The metal shows minor wear; no corrosion is visible.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Reference Comments
Connie Cox, retired Kingston Psychiatric Hospital nurse
Research Facts
Used to hold sheets off a patient's feet while in bed.
Images
Less detail
Dates
1950
1970
circa 1950-1970
Collection
Rockwood / Kingston Psychiatric Hospital / Providence Continuing Care Centre Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
Accession Number
000003087
Description
Bed cradle, which consists of a long, solid cylindrical metal bar formed into a semicircle with a triangular foot at each end; the foot is also formed with the cylindrical bar, and is open in the centre; each foot has a piece of cylindrical bar above it, formed into a V-shape with the point wrappin…
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Accession Number
000003087
Collection
Rockwood / Kingston Psychiatric Hospital / Providence Continuing Care Centre Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
MeSH Heading
Household Articles
Mental Health -- hospital
Description
Bed cradle, which consists of a long, solid cylindrical metal bar formed into a semicircle with a triangular foot at each end; the foot is also formed with the cylindrical bar, and is open in the centre; each foot has a piece of cylindrical bar above it, formed into a V-shape with the point wrapping around the main bar and the outer ends bent into small open-centred circles.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Used at the Kingston Psychiatric Hospital.
Dates
1950
1970
circa 1950-1970
Material
metal: silver
Inscriptions
None
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0009
0009-11-2
Dimension Notes
Length 101.8 cm x Width 25.1 cm x Depth 61.1 cm
Condition Remarks
The metal shows minor wear; no corrosion is visible.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Reference Comments
Connie Cox, retired Kingston Psychiatric Hospital nurse
Research Facts
Used to hold sheets off a patient's feet while in bed.
Images
Less detail
Dates
1920
1950
circa 1930-1950
Collection
Rockwood / Kingston Psychiatric Hospital / Providence Continuing Care Centre Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
Accession Number
000003190 a-d
Description
Bedclothes cradle, which consists of two long, cylindrical metal bars (a) and (b), each formed into a closed triangular foot at one end, and attached to a twisted, V-shaped bar at the other, and two curved cylindrical rods (c) and (d) bent to form an open squared arch shape; the ends of (a) and (b)…
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Accession Number
000003190 a-d
Collection
Rockwood / Kingston Psychiatric Hospital / Providence Continuing Care Centre Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
MeSH Heading
Hospitals
Mental Health -- hospital
Description
Bedclothes cradle, which consists of two long, cylindrical metal bars (a) and (b), each formed into a closed triangular foot at one end, and attached to a twisted, V-shaped bar at the other, and two curved cylindrical rods (c) and (d) bent to form an open squared arch shape; the ends of (a) and (b) nearest the V-shaped attachment have a round hole, revealing that those components are partially hollow; the V-shaped attachment can be moved back and forth; rods (c) and (d) are solid; the bedclothes cradle is assembled by standing bars (a) and (b) up, with the closed triangular foot acting as the base, on either side of the patient's bed; the V-shaped attachments face inwards, towards the patient; the ends of either rods (c) or (d) would then be inserted into the round opening at the top ends of bars (a) and (b); this places the arch formed by rod (c) or (d) over the patient in a tent-like formation.
Number Of Parts
4
Part Names
a - footed bar - Size: Length 38.1 cm x Width 28.0 cm x Depth 16.0 cm
b - footed bar - Size: Length 38.1 cm x Width 28.0 cm x Depth 16.2 cm
c - cylindrical rod - Size: Length 91.6 cm x Diam. 0.7 cm
d - cylindrical rod - Size: Length 91.6 cm x Diam. 0.7 cm
Provenance
Used at the Kingston Psychiatric Hospital
Dates
1920
1950
circa 1930-1950
Date Remarks
Similar to item identified in a 1960s catalogue
Material
metal: silver
Inscriptions
None
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0009
0009-11-2
Condition Remarks
All components show signs of metal wear; there are several small patches of inactive corrosion on rods (c) and (d); and fewer on bars (a) and (b); there is no major structural damage; there were several small deposits on some of the components.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Book
Reference Comments
C. Cox, retired RN from KPH; "Hospital and Physicians Equipment and Supplies," the J.F. Hartz Co., 1960, p. 130 (similar to item #6H-336)
Research Facts
Used to tent bedclothes--to hold sheets off a patient's feet while in bed; actual artifact differs from item in catalogue in that rods (c) and (d) form an arch with the corners, rather than the semicircular rod shown in the catalogue.
Images
Less detail
Dates
1900
1930
circa 1900-1930
Collection
Angada Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
Accession Number
995003001 a-d
Description
Metal bed painted white over original white paint with brass top rail and two knobs at the head and foot; (a) head has two posts on wheels joined by a brass top; four vertical struts and three horizontal struts; (b) foot has two posts on wheels joined by a brass top; four vertical struts and three…
Accession Number
995003001 a-d
Collection
Angada Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
MeSH Heading
Beds
Description
Metal bed painted white over original white paint with brass top rail and two knobs at the head and foot; (a) head has two posts on wheels joined by a brass top; four vertical struts and three horizontal struts; (b) foot has two posts on wheels joined by a brass top; four vertical struts and three horizontal struts; (c,d) side rails to join the head and foot of bed; rails are made of metal which is painted white (and flaking).
Number Of Parts
4
Part Names
a - bed - head - Size: Length 143.0 cm. x Width 100.0 cm.
b - bed - foot - Size: Length 91.0 cm. x Width 100.0 cm.
c - bed - rail - Size: Length 190.0 cm. x Width 6.0 cm.
d - bed - rail - Size: Length 190.0 cm. x Width 6.0 cm.
Dates
1900
1930
circa 1900-1930
Material
metal: silver; brass
paint: white
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0009
0009-FLOOR
Condition Remarks
Bed was extremely dirty and the brass badly tarnished; much of the paint is chipping off; brass knobs have several dents; overall, the metal is very stable
Copy Type
Original
Less detail
Dates
1900
1930
circa 1900-1930
Collection
Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Hygiene
Classification
Patient Care
Hygiene
Sanitation
Bedpan
Home Health Care
Accession Number
995002026
Description
Off-white ceramic oval bedpan with circular spout at the top back.
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Accession Number
995002026
Collection
Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Hygiene
Classification
Patient Care
Hygiene
Sanitation
Bedpan
Home Health Care
MeSH Heading
Toilet Facilities
Patient Care
Hygiene
Sanitation
Description
Off-white ceramic oval bedpan with circular spout at the top back.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Ruth Wallace, Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing class of 1931.
Dates
1900
1930
circa 1900-1930
Material
ceramic: off-white
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0007
0007-N1-3
Length
40.0 cm
Width
23.0 cm
Depth
11.0 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Dimension Notes
Length: 40.0 cm. x Width: 23.0 cm. x Depth: 11.0 cm.
Condition Remarks
Shows little wear; some staining; small chips on spout and 2 cracks (1.25 and 1.0); hairline crack (1.0); base shows evidence of wear on the edges
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Website
Article
Reference Comments
American Association for the History of Nursing, https://www.aahn.org/bedpans#:~:text=Porcelain%2C%20china%2C%20and%20even%20pottery,enamel%20and%20then%20stainless%20steel.&text=Today%20these%20antique%20bedpans%20are,be%20found%20in%20antique%20stores.
Cassandra Good, “The Strange Saga of George Washington’s Bedpan,” August 20th, 2015. Smithsonian Magazine. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/strange-saga-george-washingtons-bedpan-180956347/
Barb (Earl) Gilbert, Kingston General Hospital Nursing School graduate class of 1963, and daughter of Ruth Wallace.
Research Facts
Before the late nineteenth century, bedpans and similar objects were made of metals such as pewter, brass, and sometimes even glass. By the late nineteenth century, porcelain, china, and pottery were used. As the 20th century dawned, bedpans, urinals, basins, etc. were made of enamel and later stainless steel. In the 1960s, there was a shift towards plastics and other disposables.
The bedpan was designed for people who could not or should not rise from their beds to relieve themselves. A bedpan could be lightly heated and placed under the covers of the beds of the elderly, people who were ill, and women recovering from childbirth so that they would not have to get out of bed. They were routinely emptied by caregivers, nurses, etc.
This bedpan style is a "slipper" type, later referred to as a fracture bedpan and can be slipped under the patient. The spout is to facilitate washing it out. Fracture bedpans are smaller than standard size bedpans, and have one flat end. This bedpan style is designed specifically for patients who are bedridden and have limited movement to use a standard style bedpan.
Images
Less detail
Dates
1905
1930
circa 1905-1930
Collection
Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Hygiene
Classification
Patient Care
Hygiene
Sanitation
Bedpan
Home Health Care
Accession Number
995002027
Description
White enameled oval bedpan with blue-lined edges.
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Accession Number
995002027
Collection
Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Hygiene
Classification
Patient Care
Hygiene
Sanitation
Bedpan
Home Health Care
MeSH Heading
Toilet Facilities
Patient Care
Hygiene
Sanitation
Description
White enameled oval bedpan with blue-lined edges.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Ruth Wallace, graduate of Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing class of 1931.
Dates
1905
1930
circa 1905-1930
Material
metal:
enamel: off-white; blue
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0007
0007-N1-4
Temporary Location
On display "Doctor's Treatment Room c1930" at Museum of Health Care 20 Feb 2016.
Length
36.0 cm
Width
29.0 cm
Depth
7.0 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Dimension Notes
Length: 36.0 cm. x Width: 29.0 cm. x Depth: 7.0 cm.
Condition Remarks
Shows negligible wear; slightly scratched at bottom front
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Website
Article
Reference Comments
American Association for the History of Nursing, https://www.aahn.org/bedpans#:~:text=Porcelain%2C%20china%2C%20and%20even%20pottery,enamel%20and%20then%20stainless%20steel.&text=Today%20these%20antique%20bedpans%20are,be%20found%20in%20antique%20stores.
Cassandra Good, “The Strange Saga of George Washington’s Bedpan,” August 20th, 2015. Smithsonian Magazine. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/strange-saga-george-washingtons-bedpan-180956347/
Barb (Earl) Gilbert, graduate of Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing class of 1963 and daughter of Ruth Wallace
Research Facts
Before the late nineteenth century, bedpans and similar objects were made of metals such as pewter, brass, and sometimes even glass. By the late nineteenth century, porcelain, china, and pottery were used. As the 20th century dawned, bedpans, urinals, basins, etc. were made of enamel and later stainless steel. In the 1960s, there was a shift towards plastics and other disposables.
The bedpan was designed for people who could not or should not rise from their beds to relieve themselves. A bedpan could be lightly heated and placed under the covers of the beds of the elderly, people who were ill, and women recovering from childbirth so that they would not have to get out of bed. They were routinely emptied by caregivers, nurses, etc.
Images
Less detail

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