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Dates
1890
1920
circa 1890-1920
Collection
Mrs. Carolyn Gorwill Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Home Health Care
Classification
Patient Care Artifacts
Home Health Care
Accession Number
002021001 a-b
Description
Tan and brown salt-glazed stoneware pottery loaf-shaped foot or bed warmer; brown end with separate ceramic screw-in stopper on top side of "loaf"; also known as a hot water bottle.
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Accession Number
002021001 a-b
Collection
Mrs. Carolyn Gorwill Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Home Health Care
Classification
Patient Care Artifacts
Home Health Care
MeSH Heading
MM= Household Articles -- foot warmer
MM= hot water bottle
Description
Tan and brown salt-glazed stoneware pottery loaf-shaped foot or bed warmer; brown end with separate ceramic screw-in stopper on top side of "loaf"; also known as a hot water bottle.
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - warmer - Size: Length 29.0 cm x Width 11.5 cm x Depth 13.5 cm
b - stopper - Size: Depth 3.6 cm x Diameter 4.5 cm
Provenance
Mrs. Carolyn Gorwill of Kingston, Ont.; Mrs. Gorwill's grandfather, Dr. H. H. Ross, of Seaforth, Ont.
Maker
Denby Pottery Company
Site Made (City)
Denby
Site Made (State)
Denbyshire
Site Made (Country)
England
Dates
1890
1920
circa 1890-1920
Material
earthenware: beige
ceramic: brown
Inscriptions
"BOURNE // DENBY"; "3R"; "P"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-D2-1
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Other
Reference Comments
Internet (company history)
Research Facts
Used in the home to warm the feet of while in bed; filled with hot water through opening at top; common 19th and early 20th century household item in Canada. Also known as a 'pig', because it ‘hogs’ the space at the bottom of a bed as a bed warmer.
Made by William Bourne's Pottery at Denby, England; the company was known for salt-glazed stoneware goods.
Exhibit History
Hall of Honour, Kingston General Hospital - "Beyond Ether: 150 Years of Anaesthesia" - Sept. 27, 1997- June 2011
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Majestic Pure Medicated Toilet Paper

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact2361
Dates
1890
1920
circa 1890-1920
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Hygiene
Classification
Patient Care
Hygiene
Sanitation
Home Health Care
Accession Number
996001282
Description
Sheets of medicated toilet paper with a cardboard container at the front, back and bottom, then wrapped and sealed with a single sheet of printed paper; the paper lists product information; there is a wire holding the sheets of toilet paper together.
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Accession Number
996001282
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Hygiene
Classification
Patient Care
Hygiene
Sanitation
Home Health Care
MeSH Heading
Toilet Facilities
Patient Care
Hygiene
Sanitation
Drugs, Non-Prescription
Description
Sheets of medicated toilet paper with a cardboard container at the front, back and bottom, then wrapped and sealed with a single sheet of printed paper; the paper lists product information; there is a wire holding the sheets of toilet paper together.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. M. Chiong for his patent medicine collection.
Maker
Majestic
Dates
1890
1920
circa 1890-1920
Material
metal: grey
cardboard:
paper: white
Inscriptions
Paper wrapper reads, "MAJESTIC // PURE // MEDICATED TOILET" (front); "THE consumption of Paper is the measure of a nation's // culture" (side); "TOILET Paper is of great Medical and Sanitary Value, and // pronounced by the Medical profession: -- "The greatest // boon the art of paper making has developed"" (other side)
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-5 Row F
Dimension Notes
Length: 10.4 cm. x Width: 15.5 cm. x Depth: 3.7 cm.
Condition Remarks
The toilet paper is unopened and unused; the paper wrapper shows some minor staining (foxing) and the metal wire within has broken through the paper at the front; there is some minor wear of the paper at the corners
Copy Type
Original
Research Facts
In North America toilet paper did not appear until 1857, when American Joseph Gayetti introduced “paper for the water closet.” Given that pages from free catalogues were readily available, he needed a marketing gimmick. The “health gambit” fit the bill. Gayetti claimed that Americans were ruining their physical and mental health by wiping with printed paper that had “death-dealing” chemicals such as lampblack, oxalic acid, oil of vitriol and chloride of lime. His “Medicated Paper” was “pure as snow” and may have included aloe. Unlike catalogue paper, it wouldn’t cause hemorrhoids and “would cheat physicians out of their fees.” When flush toilets became more common, he cleverly changed the pitch to “this paper will dissolve so that it will not like ordinary paper choke the water pipes.”
Exhibit History
May 24 - Sept. 13, 2001: Agnes Etherington Art Centre Museopathy exhibit
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medicine spoon

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact932
Dates
1860
1900
circa 1860-1900
Collection
Pat Blair Collection
Category
Home Health Care
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
General Treatment
Pharmacy, General
Patient Care
Accession Number
996020003
Description
Oval white porcelain medicine spoon with decorative handle, flat bottom and curved edges; spoon bowl with decorated covered area with small opening at the tip and wider at the handle; small handle with a leaf decoration at its bottom to provide stability so the spoon will stand; spoon cover, handle…
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Accession Number
996020003
Collection
Pat Blair Collection
Category
Home Health Care
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
General Treatment
Pharmacy, General
Patient Care
MeSH Heading
Administration, Oral -- instrumentation
Pharmacy -- instrumentation
MM= Administration Drug, Oral -- medicine spoon
Description
Oval white porcelain medicine spoon with decorative handle, flat bottom and curved edges; spoon bowl with decorated covered area with small opening at the tip and wider at the handle; small handle with a leaf decoration at its bottom to provide stability so the spoon will stand; spoon cover, handle and top side edges are decorated with a Delft blue floral pattern known as an onion pattern; perimeter, handle and leaf edges lined with gold strip; bottom in unglazed.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Owned by Pat Blair, whose father owned it before her.
Dates
1860
1900
circa 1860-1900
Material
porcelain: white
ink: blue, gold
Inscriptions
On base in blue: "T. // 22"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-D3-9
Length
7.9 cm
Width
3.7 cm
Depth
2.3 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
There is a very small chip and two small cracks at the edge of the cover opposite to the handle; spoon shows minor wear in the gold decoration
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Document
Research Facts
Spoon made to administer liquid medications to invalids and elderly.
Exhibit History
To display in Museum: Potions, Pills and Prescriptions; May 1, 2000 - 28 Jan 2017.
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Dates
1890
1920
circa 1890-1920
Collection
Sills Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Hygiene
Classification
Patient Care
Hygiene
Sanitation
Bedpan
Home Health Care
Accession Number
015006001
Description
Cream coloured circular porcelain male bedpan with urinal funnel, with rolled rim; 27.5 cm diametercircular body; bulbous cylindrical neck.
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Accession Number
015006001
Collection
Sills Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Hygiene
Classification
Patient Care
Hygiene
Sanitation
Bedpan
Home Health Care
MeSH Heading
Toilet Facilities
Patient Care
Hygiene
Sanitation
Description
Cream coloured circular porcelain male bedpan with urinal funnel, with rolled rim; 27.5 cm diametercircular body; bulbous cylindrical neck.
Provenance
Donor's wife, June, used the bedpan as she travelled around to assist bedridden people in the community.
Dates
1890
1920
circa 1890-1920
Material
porcelain: cream
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0007
0007-N2-2
Length
37.0 cm
Width
26.7 cm
Height
13.5 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Bottom looks worn, few small scratches on body.
Copy Type
original
Research Facts
Similar to model 5957 pg. 1343 Down Bros. Ltd. Catalogue of Surgical Instruments & Appliances. 1906.
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Dates
1850
1899
1850-1899
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
Accession Number
1976.6.46
Description
A folding straight razor, all steel, with a hollow ground blade.
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Accession Number
1976.6.46
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
MeSH Heading
Hair Removal
Hygiene -- instrumentation
Preoperative Care -- instrumentation
MM= Household Articles -- razor
Description
A folding straight razor, all steel, with a hollow ground blade.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source: Dr. J. Hannah of Toronto; Dr. Weston L. Herriman.
Site Made (Country)
Germany
Dates
1850
1899
1850-1899
Date Remarks
Accession sheet has, "last half of 19th c."
Material
metal: brown; grey
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-E5-4
Dimension Notes
Length 24.8 cm
Condition Remarks
Blade is pitted and rusting, but still sharp; inside of handle is dirty, outside is covered with striations from use.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Document
JPG
Reference Comments
UHN artefact files;
CD #UHN
Research Facts
This artefact is part of a set of surgical instruments belonging to Dr. Weston L. Herriman, who was one of the first nine students who graduated in 1855 from the newly formed School of Medicine at the Church of Scotland-affiliated University of
Queen's College (1854, Kingston, Ont.). The nine senior students had transferred from the Anglican Upper Canada School of Medicine (Toronto) to the new school at Queen's.
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Dates
1890
1902
circa 1890-1902
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Hygiene
Classification
Patient Care
Hygiene
Sanitation
Bedpan
Home Health Care
Accession Number
1978.24.1
Description
French pattern, undecorated white earthenware bedpan of the "slipper" type; it has a round hole and tapers at the bottom, with a spout poitning upwards at the other end.
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Accession Number
1978.24.1
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Hygiene
Classification
Patient Care
Hygiene
Sanitation
Bedpan
Home Health Care
MeSH Heading
Toilet Facilities
Patient Care
Hygiene
Sanitation
Description
French pattern, undecorated white earthenware bedpan of the "slipper" type; it has a round hole and tapers at the bottom, with a spout poitning upwards at the other end.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source: Miss Helen Cronin of Toronto. This item came from a drugstore in Northern Ontario (St. Mary's); Miss Cronin's father, an engineer, took over the drugstore in payment of a debt.
Maker
L. B. Beerbower
Site Made (City)
Elizabeth
Site Made (State)
New Jersey
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1890
1902
circa 1890-1902
Date Remarks
L. B. Beerbower & Co. was established in 1879 and closed in 1902.
Material
earthenware: white
Inscriptions
Printed in black on base around the perimeter of a circle: "L.B. BEERBOWER // WARRANTED"; inside the circle is what looks like a four-pointed cross.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0007
0007-N1-3
Length
39.4 cm
Width
29.2 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Dimension Notes
Length 39.4 cm x Width 29.2 cm
Condition Remarks
Glaze is crazed
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Website
Article
Books
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/
Stephen A. Brighton, "Historical Archaeology of the Irish Diaspora: A Transnational Approach," University of Tennessee Press, 2009. https://books.google.ca/books?id=4p07hjxezAcC&dq=l+b+beerbower&source=gbs_navlinks_s
United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Finance U.S. Government Printing Office, 1894 - Tariff, "Bulletin, Volumes 6-8." https://books.google.ca/books?id=rjLPAAAAMAAJ&source=gbs_navlinks_s
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.
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Dates
1870
1899
circa 1870-1899
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Accession Number
1942.7.1
Description
Carriage whip, majority of length is wood (malacca), unfinished, evidence of knots; black string tied to cover bottom section; handle of leather.
Accession Number
1942.7.1
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
MeSH Heading
Transportation
Description
Carriage whip, majority of length is wood (malacca), unfinished, evidence of knots; black string tied to cover bottom section; handle of leather.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; donated by Dr. R.T. Noble; owned and used by Dr. Jas. Thorburn (1830-1905)
Maker
Swapil & Denby
Site Made (City)
London
Site Made (Country)
England
Dates
1870
1899
circa 1870-1899
Date Remarks
Original record had "late 19c."
Material
wood (malacca): brown
leather
fabric: black
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0009
0009-1C-3
Dimension Notes
Length 133.3 cm
Condition Remarks
Leather worn; "tail" missing
Copy Type
Original
Research Facts
Dr. Jas. Thorburn practised in Toronto from 1855; introduced course in pharmacology and therapeutics to the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto in 1887.
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Dates
1830
1899
circa 1830-1899
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Accession Number
1942.7.2
Description
Carriage whip in two pieces (broken), with majority of length natural wood; black string tied to cover bottom seciton; leather handle; one of the whip "tails" remaining. Deaccessioned.
Accession Number
1942.7.2
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
MeSH Heading
Transportation
Description
Carriage whip in two pieces (broken), with majority of length natural wood; black string tied to cover bottom seciton; leather handle; one of the whip "tails" remaining. Deaccessioned.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; donated by Dr. R.T. Noble; owned and used by Dr. Jas. Thorburn (1830-1905)
Site Made (City)
London
Site Made (Country)
England
Dates
1830
1899
circa 1830-1899
Date Remarks
Original record had "mid 19c.-late 19c."
Material
wood (malacca): brown
fabric: black
leather
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0009
0009-1C-3
Dimension Notes
Length 57.2 cm
Condition Remarks
Broken into two pieces; tail broken off; leather worn; string beginning to fray
Copy Type
Original
Research Facts
Dr. Jas. Thorburn practised in Toronto from 1855; introduced course in pharmacology and therapeutics to the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto in 1887.
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Dates
1888
1920
circa 1890 - 1920
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Food Service
Classification
Patient Care
Food Service
Home Health Care
Accession Number
1951.1.2 a-b
Description
Cream conical shaped ironstone container Samuel Clarke’s Patent Pyramid Food Warmer and Night Light; lidded
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Accession Number
1951.1.2 a-b
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Food Service
Classification
Patient Care
Food Service
Home Health Care
MeSH Heading
Home Health Care
Nutrition
Description
Cream conical shaped ironstone container Samuel Clarke’s Patent Pyramid Food Warmer and Night Light; lidded
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
lid
body - Size: Length 14.0 cm
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; donated by Dr. S. J. Streight.
Maker
Clarke's Pyramid and Fairy Light Company Ltd.
Site Made (City)
Cricklewood
Site Made (State)
London
Site Made (Country)
England
Dates
1888
1920
circa 1890 - 1920
Material
ceramic: white; black
Inscriptions
On lid: "SAM: CLARKE'S // PATENT PYRAMID // FOOD WARMER"; on body: "CLARKE'S // PATENTED PYRAMID // [illeg] LIGHTS 9 HOURS // ARE THE ONLY// LIGHTS SUITABLE FOR THESE LAMPS // PYRAMID // TRADE MARK // (TRADE MARK "FAIRY")
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0007
0007-P1-4
Condition Remarks
Rim of lid considerably chipped.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Comments
http://collection.sciencemuseum.org.uk/objects/co121520/pyramid-food-warmer-invented-by-samuel-clarke-england-1888-1920-food-warmer
Research Facts
Samuel Clarke’s Patent Pyramid Food Warmer and Night Light. Slogan: ‘When nights are dark then think of Clarke/ Who’s hit the mark precisely./ For his Night-Lights create Light-Nights/ in which you see quite nicely.’
This device could be used to heat a pint of milk, keep food warm or to prepare pap. Flour or bread was mixed with milk diluted with water to make pap, which could be used to wean infants off breast milk. It was used in the nursery for boiling milk (to kill bacteria), keeping food warm or preparing pap. The metal jug was filled with hot water and the ceramic pannikin was placed inside it. The jug was then placed in the stand. To provide heat a lit candle or a tea-light was placed underneath. The device was trade marked by Samuel Clarke as a ‘Pyramid’ food warmer as the different parts stack up like a pyramid.
The jug would have a small metal stand (missing from this object), holding a night light, which heated it from below. Patented by Samuel Clarke, Cricklewood, London, England.
Exhibit History
Canadian Museum of Civilization exhibit: "Caring Profession"; ret. Sept. 2006
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Dates
1880
1920
circa 1890-1920
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Accession Number
1969.43.2
Description
Note: item is missing.
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Accession Number
1969.43.2
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
MeSH Heading
Household Articles
Description
Note: item is missing.
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine.
Dates
1880
1920
circa 1890-1920
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-C5-2
Temporary Location
Item is missing.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
JPG
Reference Comments
CD #UHN
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