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brass hand-held dispensing scales

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Dates
1867
circa 1867
Collection
Dr. Herbert J. Saunders Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
002006001 a-l
Description
Brass hand-held dispensing scales, consisting of two circular concave brass pans, each with three evenly spaced holes near the edge, connected through these with braided cords to a brass beam with swan neck ends; the beam has a fenestrated rectangular tab attached with a pin to the midsection, and …
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Accession Number
002006001 a-l
Collection
Dr. Herbert J. Saunders Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Weights and Measures
Pharmacy -- instrumentation
House Calls
MM= Drug Compounding -- scales
Description
Brass hand-held dispensing scales, consisting of two circular concave brass pans, each with three evenly spaced holes near the edge, connected through these with braided cords to a brass beam with swan neck ends; the beam has a fenestrated rectangular tab attached with a pin to the midsection, and lines up with a pointed bar that extends upwards from the bar's midsection; the scales are accompanied by ten square brass measures of varying thicknesses, using the Roman system of scruple, drachm and grain weights; the weights are kept in a brass-lidded compartment in the scale case (l); the case is wood, covered outside with green leather with a gold embossed logo on the top; the case is lined with purple velvet and has an indentation to accomodate the scale; the front latch of the case consists of a hook and pin.
Number Of Parts
12
Part Names
a - balance scales - Size: Length 15.0 cm x Width 14.5 cm x Depth 6.0 cm
b - weight - Size: Length 1.5 cm x Width 1.5 cm x Depth 0.5 cm
c - weight - Size: Length 1.6 cm x Width 1.5 cm x Depth 0.2 cm
d - weight - Size: Length 1.4 cm x Width 1.4 cm x Depth 0.2 cm
e - weight - Size: Length 1.7 cm x Width 1.5 cm x Depth 0.1 cm
f - weight - Size: Length 1.4 cm x Width 1.4 cm x Depth 0.1 cm
g - weight - Size: Length 1.3 cm x Width 1.3 cm x Depth 0.1 cm
h - weight - Size: Length 1.5 cm x Width 1.0 cm x Depth 0.1 cm
i - weight - Size: Length 1.3 cm x Width 1.3 cm x Depth 0.1 cm
j - weight - Size: Length cm x Width cm x Depth 0.1 cm
k - weight - Size: Length cm x Width cm x Depth 0.1 cm
l - case - Size: Length 16.7 cm x Width 7.6 cm x Depth 2.8 cm
Provenance
Given to donor by Catherine Saunders, youngest daughter of original owner, Dr. Herbert J. Saunders, M.R.C.S.E., Queen's Meds 1867; donor was Miss Saunders's physician (see attached photocopy)
Dates
1867
circa 1867
Date Remarks
Based on graduation date of Dr. Herbert Saunders
Material
paper: green
ink: yellow
leather: green
wood: tan
fabric: purple; green
metal: brown
Inscriptions
On the top of the case, there was a logo of an eagle grasping three arrows in one talon and a branch in the other, embossed in gold ink; on the bottom of the case, "R2e/7L7" is handwritten in pencil; weight (b) has a weight symbol etched into both sides of the metal; weight (c) has a weight symbol etched on one side; and "2 // [weight symbol}" on the other ;side; weight (d) has "½ Drachm [cursive]" etched on one side and a weight symbol etched on the other; weight (e) has a weight symbol etched on one side; weight (f) has six round indentations stamped into the metal; weight (g) has five round indentations stamped into the metal; weight (h) has four round indentations stamped into the metal; weight (i) has "6 // GRS" stamped into the metal; weight (j) has "5 // GRS" stamped into the metal; weight (k) has "4 // GRS" stamped into the metal.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A8-6
Condition Remarks
Both brass pans had several patches of discolouration, possibly from contact with the cord; weight (d) had a strip of corrosion on one side; weights (f-h) showed signs of orange rust; the leather around the clasp on the box (l) was worn and torn; the gold ink from the embossed logo had deteriorated by approximately 90%; the velvet had faded slightly and was dusty; (2): box cover torn around latch; metal tarnished; spots of inactive corrosion; velvet fading in places; leather stained and discoloured.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Person
Other
JPG
Reference Comments
"Physician's Balance Scales," by Dr. H.W. Cumming; "Antique Medical Instruments," by Elizabeth Bennion, 1986, pp. 284-5 (similar to Fig. 15) ; "Catalogue of Surgical Instruments & Appliances," by Down Bros. Ltd., 1906, p. 1405 (similar to #6240); "Illustrated Catalogue and Price List of Max Wocher and Son," by Max Wocher & Son, 189-, p. 284 (similar to #2748); OHIOLink online catalogue OCLC #33231027 (see attached photocopies); CD #7
Research Facts
Possibly carried by Dr. Saunders for house calls, to measure medication ingredients and/or to weigh patients' fees to prevent fraud.
Exhibit History
On display in Bracken wing Feb. 12, 2004-Feb. 2005
Images
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Dates
1950
1980
1950-1980
Collection
Kingston General Hospital Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Pain
Accession Number
998001006
Description
Tapered clear glass dose medicine measurer with one-ounce measurements in teaspoon, tablespoon, dessert, c.c. and ounce.
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Accession Number
998001006
Collection
Kingston General Hospital Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Pain
MeSH Heading
Administration, Cutaneous -- instrumentation
Weights and Measures
Description
Tapered clear glass dose medicine measurer with one-ounce measurements in teaspoon, tablespoon, dessert, c.c. and ounce.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Used at KGH
Dates
1950
1980
1950-1980
Date Remarks
Based on suppliers' catalogues
Material
glass: transparent
Inscriptions
Embossed inside the glass : "1OZ // 3/4 // 1/2 // 1/4 ";"30 CC // 25 // 20 // 15 // 10 // 5 // TABLE // 2 // 1 // DESSERT // TEA // 8 // 6 // 4 // 2 // 1"; engraved into bottom of glass: "D".
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A8-5
Dimension Notes
Length 6.0 cm x Diam 4.7 cm
Condition Remarks
Like new
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Book
Reference Comments
Beth Orr; "Surgical Instruments Operation Tables Sterilizers Hospital Equipment," Allen & Hanburys Ltd., London, p. 628 (similar to item #53766)
Research Facts
Glass measure was used for dispensing medicines and also to hold liquid cocaine, which was used to swab the inside of patient's noses for freezing purposes (for packing, cautery, etc.)
Images
Less detail
Dates
1950
1980
1950-1980
Collection
Kingston General Hospital Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Pain
Accession Number
998001007
Description
Tapered one-ounce clear glass medicine dose measurer with measurements in teaspoon, tablespoon, dessert, c.c. and ounce.
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Accession Number
998001007
Collection
Kingston General Hospital Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Pain
MeSH Heading
Administration, Cutaneous -- instrumentation
Weights and Measures
Description
Tapered one-ounce clear glass medicine dose measurer with measurements in teaspoon, tablespoon, dessert, c.c. and ounce.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Used at Kingston General Hospital, Kingston Ontario.
Dates
1950
1980
1950-1980
Date Remarks
Based on suppliers' catalogues
Material
glass: transparent
Inscriptions
Embossed inside the glass: "1OZ // 3/4 // 1/2 // 1/4"; "30 CC // 25 // 20 //15 // 10 // 5 // TABLE // 2 // 1 // DESSERT // TEA // 8 // 6 // 4 // 2 // 1"; engraved into bottom of glass: "D"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A8-5
Dimension Notes
Length 6.0 cm x Diam. 4.7 cm
Condition Remarks
Like new
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Book
Reference Comments
Beth Orr; "Surgical Instruments Operation Tables Sterilizers Hospital Equipment," by Allen & Hanburys Ltd., London, p. 628 (similar to item #53766)
Research Facts
Glass measure was used for diispensing medication and also to hold liquid cocaine, which was used to swab the inside of patient's noses for freezing purposes (for packing, cautery, etc.)
Images
Less detail