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equipment stand

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Dates
1900
1920
circa 1900-1920
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Physical Examination
Vision
Classification
Ophthalmology
Diagnosis
Diagnosis, Eyes
Optometry
Physical Examination
Vision
Vision Tests
Accession Number
994008002 a-b
Description
Black cast-iron adjustable mobile equipment stand for Sitoptic balance has black wooden table top with one drawer.
Accession Number
994008002 a-b
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Physical Examination
Vision
Classification
Ophthalmology
Diagnosis
Diagnosis, Eyes
Optometry
Physical Examination
Vision
Vision Tests
MeSH Heading
Equipment and Supplies
Ophthalmology
Diagnosis
Diagnosis, Eyes
Optometry
Physical Examination
Vision
Vision Tests
Description
Black cast-iron adjustable mobile equipment stand for Sitoptic balance has black wooden table top with one drawer.
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - stand - Size: Length 63.5 cm. x Width 42.3 cm. x Depth 81.3 cm.
b - drawer - Size: Length 38.0 cm. x Width 8.0 cm. x Depth 17.5 cm.
Provenance
Used by Dr. Chiong .
Maker
Imperial Optical Co.
Site Made (City)
Toronto
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1900
1920
circa 1900-1920
Material
metal: black
wood: black
Inscriptions
"IMPERIAL OPTICAL CO. // TORONTO, CANADA // SERIAL NO. 485"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0009
Floor
Temporary Location
On display "Doctor's Treatment Room c1930" at Museum of Health Care 20 Feb 2016.
Condition Remarks
wooden top = fair; waterstains have ruined paint in one corner; table top s/b refinished
Exhibit History
On display "Electricity and the Invisible Ray", (North Gallery Room 1013) Museum of Health Care, Oct. 2006 - 20 Feb 2016.
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Dates
1920
1950
circa 1920-1950
Collection
Kingston General Hospital Endoscopy Unit Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Gastroenterology
Accession Number
994009011 a-i
Description
Long narrow hinged wooden box with custom fittings holds an esophagoscope, suction syringe,two light guides, package of two light bulbs, and rubber ball with pair of long leads.
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Accession Number
994009011 a-i
Collection
Kingston General Hospital Endoscopy Unit Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Gastroenterology
MeSH Heading
Esophagoscopy -- instrumentation
Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal -- instrumentation
Gastroenterology -- instrumentation
MM= Endoscopy -- esophagoscope
Description
Long narrow hinged wooden box with custom fittings holds an esophagoscope, suction syringe,two light guides, package of two light bulbs, and rubber ball with pair of long leads.
Number Of Parts
9
Part Names
a - box - Size: Length 86.7 cm. x Width 12.3 cm. x Depth 9.3 cm.
b - box compartment lid - Size: Length 11.5 cm. x Width 6.0 cm. x Depth 1.7 cm.
c - instrument - Size: Length 81.5 cm. x Width 6.3 cm. x Depth 5.5 cm. x Diameter1.0 cm.
d - inflatable attachment - Size: Length 225.5 cm. x Width 5.0 cm. x Diameter0.5 cm.
e - syringe barrel - Size: Length 8.2 cm. x Width 7.0 cm. x Depth 1.7 cm. x Diameter1.5 cm.
ee - syringe plunger - Size: Length 8.0 cm. x Width 2.5 cm. x Depth 1.1 cm.
f-g - spare light guides x 2 - Size: Length 6.5 cm. x Diameter1.2 cm.
h - spare lights, pkg. - Size: Length 6.0 cm. x Width 5.4 cm. x Depth 1.5 cm.
Provenance
Used a Kingston General Hospital.
Maker
Genito-Urinary Mfg. Co. Ltd.
Site Made (City)
London
Site Made (Country)
England
Dates
1920
1950
circa 1920-1950
Inscriptions
On plate: "GENITO-URINARY // - MFG. CO. LTD. - // 28A-33-34 DEVONSHIRE STREET, // LONDON, W.I. ENGLAND // GENITO // LONDON // URINARY"; on rubber bulb: "ENGLISH MAKE // STERILIZABLE // 'G-U' // BRAND"; on instrument: "PATENT // NO. 548462 // 8064 // 'M.B.'"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0007
0007-K2-6
Condition Remarks
#2: rubber badly cracked; #3: severe rubber damage
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Dates
1920
1950
circa 1920-1950
Collection
Kingston General Hospital Endoscopy Unit Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Gastroenterology
Accession Number
994009012 a-k
Description
Long narrow black hinged case has custom-fitted black velvet compartments to hold a transesophagoscopic-flexible gastroscope with power source, cord and plug, brush and attachments; with light, catheter, flexible tip for main rod with handle plus instruction booklet; main rod and power source has S…
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Accession Number
994009012 a-k
Collection
Kingston General Hospital Endoscopy Unit Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Gastroenterology
MeSH Heading
Gastroscopy -- instrumentation
Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal -- instrumentation
Gastroenterology -- instrumentation
MM= Endoscopy -- gastroscope
Description
Long narrow black hinged case has custom-fitted black velvet compartments to hold a transesophagoscopic-flexible gastroscope with power source, cord and plug, brush and attachments; with light, catheter, flexible tip for main rod with handle plus instruction booklet; main rod and power source has S.I.U. (Special Investigative Unit) hand-engraved on it.
Number Of Parts
11
Part Names
a - case - Size: Length 82.5 cm. x Width 17.0 cm. x Depth 0.9 cm.
b - power source - Size: Length 13.0 cm. x Width 0.6 cm. x Depth 5.4 cm.
b - cord length - Size: Length 240.0 cm. x Diameter0.7 cm.
c - cord - Size: Length 252.0 cm. x Diameter0.5 cm.
d - plug - Size: Length 11.4 cm. x Width 4.6 cm. x Depth 2.5 cm.
e - instruction booklet - Size: Length 23.0 cm. x Width 14.0 cm. x Depth 0.1 cm.
f - brush - Size: Length 7.0 cm. x Width 1.5 cm. x Diameter0.2 cm.
g - double barrel - Size: Length 9.4 cm. x Width 3.2 cm. x Diameter1.1 cm.
h - light attachment - Size: Length 54.0 cm. x Width 0.3 cm. x Diameter0.2 cm.
i - catheter - Size: Length 65.0 cm. x Width 5.0 cm. x Diameter0.4 cm.
j - flexible insert - Size: Length 75.5 cm. x Width 0.2 cm. x Diameter0.3 cm.
k - main rod - Size: Length 54.0 cm. x Width 11.5 cm. x Diameter1.3 cm.
Provenance
Used at Kingston General Hospital.
Maker
Eder Instrument Co. Inc.
Site Made (City)
Chicago
Site Made (State)
Illinois
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1920
1950
circa 1920-1950
Material
wood: black
metal: silver; grey; black
fabric: black
rubber: black
plastic: black; pale grey
paper: blue; black; white
Inscriptions
On power source: "EDER // INSTRUMENT CO., INC. // 2293 N. CLYBOURN AVE. // CHICAGO, ILL. 60614 // MODEL NO. 201 // VOLTAGE 115 60 C // S.I.U."; on cover of booklet: "SUGGESTED GUIDE // FOR THE // TRANS-ESOPHAGOSCOPIC // FLEXIBLE // GASTROSCOPE // WITH MOVABLE SCANNING MIRROR // AND MOVABLE FLEXIBLE TIP - BERNSTEIN MODIFICATION // MODEL 5-B, 5-C, AND 5-BL // EDER INSTRUMENT CO., INC. // 2293 N. Clybourn Avenue // Chicago 14, Illinois // Eastgate 7-2131"
Permanent Location
(a-d, f-k) Storage Room 0007
0007-K2-3
(e) Storage Room 2005
2005-2-5 Box 19
Condition Remarks
#2: Rubber requires special treatment.
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Crookes' cathode ray tube

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Dates
1900
1930
circa 1900-1930
Category
Basic Science Artifacts
Classification
Basic Science, Chemistry
Accession Number
994010033 a-b
Description
Glass tube; rounded ends; two smaller tubes branch off from top near either end; with metal caps to top of these tubes; inner workings of tube visible; consist of a network of smaller tubes; and a metal propellor/mill/fan-like component; glass tube cradled in a wooden stand
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Accession Number
994010033 a-b
Category
Basic Science Artifacts
Classification
Basic Science, Chemistry
MeSH Heading
Beta Rays
Chemistry, Inorganic
Description
Glass tube; rounded ends; two smaller tubes branch off from top near either end; with metal caps to top of these tubes; inner workings of tube visible; consist of a network of smaller tubes; and a metal propellor/mill/fan-like component; glass tube cradled in a wooden stand
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - stand - Size: Length 25.0 cm. x Width 10.0 cm. x Diameter5.5 cm.
b - cathode ray tube - Size: Length 15.0 cm. x Width 7.2 cm. x Depth 8.3 cm.
Dates
1900
1930
circa 1900-1930
Date Remarks
Dr. Wheeler's estimate
Material
wood: brown
glass: clear
metal: silver
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-F4-8
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Reference Comments
Dr. R. C. Wheeler; Dr. Wally Breck
Research Facts
Used to demonstrate electron flow; put in gas; then the stream of electrons (of gas) would drive the paddle wheel; electron discovered 1897.
Exhibit History
To display in Museum (North Gallery Room 1013): "Electricity and the Invisible Ray," Oct. 2006
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Drechsel's low form gas washing bottle

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Dates
1900
1970
circa 1900-1970
Collection
Queen's University Chemistry Collection
Category
Basic Science Artifacts
Classification
Basic Science, Chemistry
Accession Number
994010037
Description
Glass bottle; bulbous form protruding from neck; with two tubes stemming from, one tube runs down to bottom of bottle; other tube just extends from bulbous form
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Accession Number
994010037
Collection
Queen's University Chemistry Collection
Category
Basic Science Artifacts
Classification
Basic Science, Chemistry
MeSH Heading
Equipment and Supplies
Chemistry
MM= Chemical Apparatus -- container
Description
Glass bottle; bulbous form protruding from neck; with two tubes stemming from, one tube
runs down to bottom of bottle; other tube just extends from bulbous form
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Used for separating or drying gases
Dates
1900
1970
circa 1900-1970
Date Remarks
Original record had "early-mid 1900's"
Material
glass: clear
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-F7-6 Box A
Dimension Notes
Length: 22.7 cm. x Width: 12.5 cm. x Depth: 4.5 cm. x Diam. : 7.0 cm.
Condition Remarks
overall condition good
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Book
JPG
Reference Comments
Dr. Wally Breck; Dr. Robert C. Wheeler;
item cited in "Scientific Instruments, Laboratory Apparatus and Equipment," Central Scientific Company of Canada, Toronto, 1942, p. 67, item 10615; CD #6
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Dates
1900
1970
circa 1900-1970
Collection
Queen's University Chemistry Collection
Category
Basic Science Artifacts
Classification
Basic Science, Chemistry
Accession Number
994010041
Description
Glass flask / bottle; bulbous bottom; long narrow neck; ground glass fitting to top, with two tubes running into top; one runs down to bottom of flask, the other just extends from fitting; maker's stamp to neck in green; frosted circle 2.0 cm in diameter to bulbous portion.
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Accession Number
994010041
Collection
Queen's University Chemistry Collection
Category
Basic Science Artifacts
Classification
Basic Science, Chemistry
MeSH Heading
Equipment and Supplies
Chemistry
Description
Glass flask / bottle; bulbous bottom; long narrow neck; ground glass fitting to top, with two tubes running into top; one runs down to bottom of flask, the other just extends from fitting; maker's stamp to neck in green; frosted circle 2.0 cm in diameter to bulbous portion.
Number Of Parts
1
Maker
Pyrex
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1900
1970
circa 1900-1970
Date Remarks
Dr. Wheeler's estimate; original record had "early-mid 1900s"
Material
glass: clear
Inscriptions
Stamps to neck: "$ 2000 ML 29 TM REG [each line semi-circular, convex "40 PYREX" above the word "PYREX" and concave "US PAT OFF" below it] MADE IN USA"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-F7-7
Dimension Notes
Length: 37.5 cm. x Diam. : 15.0 cm.
Condition Remarks
overall condition good; exposed end of glass tube that extends directly from fitting
is chipped off
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Book
JPG
Reference Comments
Dr. Wally Breck; Dr. Robert C. Wheeler;
item cited in "Scientific Instruments, Laboratory Apparatus and Equipment," Central Scientific Company of Canada, Toronto, 1942, p. 71, item 10720; CD #6
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Thornwald antrum trephine

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Dates
1923
1968
c.1923-1968
Collection
Dr. Publow Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Otolaryngology
Accession Number
994011010 a-b
Description
Component (a), an inner rod and rasp, begins as a rotating handle that is smooth and round and flares slightly at its bottom, tapers, then flares in the middle, tapers again and flares slightly at the top, where it joins a flat, curved arm; the bottom of the handle is a flat, round disk with grippi…
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Accession Number
994011010 a-b
Collection
Dr. Publow Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Otolaryngology
MeSH Heading
MM= Trephining -- trephine
Description
Component (a), an inner rod and rasp, begins as a rotating handle that is smooth and round and flares slightly at its bottom, tapers, then flares in the middle, tapers again and flares slightly at the top, where it joins a flat, curved arm; the bottom of the handle is a flat, round disk with gripping lines stamped on its rim; the arm extending from the handle curves in a shallow "S" pattern and is joined to a short, round cylinder by a flat, round disk with gripping lines stamped along the rim; this small disk has two thin notches on either side; between these notches, the end of a round connecting pin can be seen; the short, round cylinder leads to a thinner short, round cylinder, topped by a short length of raised metal threading; a thin, round, solid length of rod extends from these threads; this long rod becomes segmented near its end; there are six segments in total, the first four of which are about half a centimetre long; the second-last segment is 0.3 cm long and it connects the rest of the segment and the rod to a short, cylidrical segment capped by a ring of eight triangular teeth, and a central triangular tooth; component (a), the inner rod and rasp, is designed to run through the middle of component (b), an outer cylinder and tube, with the handle and handle arm of component (a) protruding from the bottom of component (b), and the toothed tip of component (a) protruding slightly from the tube end of component (b); (b) begins as a rough, hollow cylinder that is textured by a rough diamond pattern; the cylinder ends at a thin, flat diamond-shaped piece that is attached to the bottom of the cylinder; a thin, round metal tube extends from the flat surface of this piece; it travels in a straight path, then curves slightly towards its end; a round opening is visible at the end of the tube.
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - inner rod and rasp - Size: Length 24.0 cm x Width 4.3 cm x Depth 0.5 cm
b - outer cylinder and tube - Size: Length 20.0 cm x Width 3.1 cm x Depth 3.2 cm
Provenance
Originally owned by Dr. Publow, who practised in Prince Edward County between 1906 and 1972, and was a graduate of Queen's University. He had a special interest in dairy and cheese, having once been a cheese and butter maker. Served in WWI overseas in the rank of Captain. He was born in 1882 and died in 1972 at the age of 89. Item given to Dr. M. Williams, head of Otolaryngology at Queen's University.
Maker
Stevens
Site Made (Country)
Germany
Dates
1923
1968
c.1923-1968
Date Remarks
Commercial application of chrome plating began in 1923. The Stevens Company logo changed at the latest by 1968.
Material
metal: silver
Inscriptions
On the flat face of the handle arm are the words "CHROME", "GERMANY", and "Stevens", all stamped separately into the metal; on the cylinder and tube component (b), the number "6" is stamped into the metal twice, on either side of the opening at the bottom of the rough cylinder; the number "66" is also stamped on the short cylinder of component (a).
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-E3-7
Length
23.2
Width
4.5
Height
2.1
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Dimension Notes
Length 23.2cm x Width 4.5cm x Height 2.1cm
Condition Remarks
Very minor signs of wear on the flat, diamond-shaped piece at the end of the rough cylinder facing the thin curved rod; small scratches and a filmy deposit can be seen here; tiny scratches and five small dents can be seen about halfway down the curved rod; greyish matter has become trapped between the triangular teeth.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Person
Reference Comments
Dr. M. Williams; "Storz Surgical Instruments," by the Storz Instrument Co., 1966, p. 159 (item #N-2715) (see attached photocopy)
A Textbook of Practical Obstetrics, Grandin and Jarman, 1897, pg. 148.
Research Facts
Dr. Williams identified this item as an "aural rasp." The catalogue states that it is a "hand drill for perforating the antrum wall" of the sinus.
It could also be a Braun Trephine, used for foetal crainotomy.
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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Bennett's inhaler

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Dates
1900
1930
circa 1900-1930
Collection
Dr. Publow Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Anaesthesia
Accession Number
994011014
Description
The inhaler is a hollow, metal cylindrical instrument with two hollow metal tubes leading to two plastic anaesthetic delivery cups; at the bottom of the cylinder, there is a metal cap that was once removable; it has gripping lines stamped into the metal and two vertical rectangular slots on opposi…
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Accession Number
994011014
Collection
Dr. Publow Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Anaesthesia
MeSH Heading
Administration, Inhalation -- instrumentation
MM= Administration Drug, Inhalation -- inhaler
MM= Anesthesia, Inhalation -- inhaler/mask -- inhaler
Description
The inhaler is a hollow, metal cylindrical instrument with two hollow metal tubes leading to two plastic anaesthetic delivery cups; at the bottom of the cylinder, there is a metal cap that was once removable; it has gripping lines stamped into the metal and two vertical rectangular slots on opposite ends of the diameter of the cap; the bottom of the cap is flat; a metal disk caps this cylinder; from the curved top of this disk, two hollow metal tubes extend, curving outwards slightly away from each other, and forwards; these tubes are each capped by a brown plastic applicator; each applicator has a rounded conical shape with a round hole at the top.
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.
Site Made (City)
Toronto
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1900
1930
circa 1900-1930
Material
metal: silver
plastic: brown
Inscriptions
"HARTZ CO", "DETROIT, CLEVELAND, TORONTO" and "PAT. APPL'D FOR" stamped into the metal cylinder
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-F2-1
Dimension Notes
Length 15.0 cm x Width 3.5 cm x Depth 2.8 cm
Condition Remarks
Accretion of a white deposit on nasal applicators at rim of metal attachment; moderate patches of corrosion on metal surface; cap at the bottom of the instrument cannot be removed; #2: tarnished.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Person
Reference Comments
Dr. M. Williams; "Illustrated Catalogue of a Complete Line of Standard Surgical Instruments," by Codman & Shurtleff, 1920, p. 23 (item #1253)
Research Facts
This anaesthetic inhaler was filled with cotton batting saturated with ether or chloroform; the anaesthetic was delivered to the patient by inserting the delivery cups into the nostrils. Dr. Williams identified this item as a "nasal douche."
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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folding anaesthesia mask

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Dates
1900
1920
circa 1900-1920
Collection
Dr. Publow Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Anaesthesia
Accession Number
994011031 a-b
Description
Anaesthesia mask (a) and attachment (b); both components are largely comprised of solid, smooth, metal wires; the mask (a) is a circular frame with a looped arm at one end; four thinner wires are attached to each side of the frame, so that they intersect at a midpoint; several fabric threades tie t…
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Accession Number
994011031 a-b
Collection
Dr. Publow Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Anaesthesia
MeSH Heading
Anesthesiology, instrumentation
MM= Anesthesia, Inhalation -- inhaler/mask -- folding
Description
Anaesthesia mask (a) and attachment (b); both components are largely comprised of solid, smooth, metal wires; the mask (a) is a circular frame with a looped arm at one end; four thinner wires are attached to each side of the frame, so that they intersect at a midpoint; several fabric threades tie the wires together at the midpoint; the frame tapers at one end to form the looped arm; a thin band of metal holds the wires together, and they separate at the other end of this band and form a loop; a small, round, solid metal rod extends from the outer surface of this band, and is capped by a metal button; attachment (b) joins the mask by this button; (b) is composed of one thin round wire; it is roughly the same size and shape as the frame of (a); the metal arm extending from (b) is much shorter than the arm of (a); it extends only as far as the button on the mask, and there is no flat band of metal joining its wires.
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - mask - Size: Length 16.0 cm x Width 9.0 cm x Depth 5.5 cm
b - attachment - Size: Length 13.0 cm x Width 9.0 cm x Depth 0.2 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
1900
1920
circa 1900-1920
Material
metal: silver
fabric: light brown
Inscriptions
None
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-F3-12
Temporary Location
On exhibit “The Century: Medical Innovations of the 1800s” at Museum of Health Care, 25 June 2017.
Condition Remarks
The wires holding the objects to the mount board caused small patches of corrosion to transfer; some small scratches, slight signs of wear and marks from securing wires exist along rims of both metal frames; no dents; slight wearing of plating where mask wires are attached to frame (a); #2: metal is tarnished.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Person
Reference Comments
Dr. M. Williams; "Illustrations of Surgical Instruments of Superior Quality," The Kny-Scheerer Co., ca. 1915, p. 2002 (similar to item #B/-53)
Research Facts
Dr. Williams identified the item as an "ether mask"; similar to item shown in catalogue, but artifact has one additional mask wire, and no clip at the top; the artifact also has a securing button on the lower arm to attach (b)
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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nurse's uniform cape

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Dates
1924
circa 1924
Collection
Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Collection
Category
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Classification
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Accession Number
995002020
Description
Navy wool nurse's cape with red wool lining; construction: two panels with centre back seam and shoulder dart for shaping; red lining sewn edge to edge and not free-hanging; mandarin-style collar; metal chain for hanging cape at inside neck; one brown button neck closure; "KGH" embroidered in gold …
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Accession Number
995002020
Collection
Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Collection
Category
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Classification
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
MeSH Heading
Clothing
Textiles
MM= Clothing -- nursing
Description
Navy wool nurse's cape with red wool lining; construction: two panels with centre back seam and shoulder dart for shaping; red lining sewn edge to edge and not free-hanging; mandarin-style collar; metal chain for hanging cape at inside neck; one brown button neck closure; "KGH" embroidered in gold on both sides of collar.
Number Of Parts
1
Maker
Lac Mac
Site Made (City)
London
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1924
circa 1924
Date Remarks
Donor's remarks
Material
fabric: navy; red
metal: yellow; grey
plastic: brown
Inscriptions
Manufacturers woven tag reads: "Lac-Mac // Nurse's Cape // London // Canada"; embroidered to both sides of collar: "KGH"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010 CLOSET A-2
Length
98.0 cm
Width
136.0 cm
Depth
0.3 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Dimension Notes
Length 98.0 cm x Width 136.0 cm x Depth 0.3 cm
Condition Remarks
#2: Inside collar facing is loose; small hole on back panel by seam; buttonhole is stretched.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Book
Portrait
Websites
Article
Reference Comments
Marilyn Boston, "Info Re KGH Nursing Uniforms"
Ann Baillie portrait
Canadian Museum of History, "Symbol of a Profession: One Hundred Years of Nurses' Caps," https://www.historymuseum.ca/cmc/exhibitions/hist/infirm/inint01e.html
"For Service to Humanity: Nursing Education at Kingston General Hospital," Museum of Health Care. https://www.museumofhealthcare.ca/explore/exhibitions/forservicetohumanity.html
Mallory Warner, “Where is the missing piece of lining in this U.S. Navy nurse's cape?,” April 5, 2017. National Museum of American History, https://americanhistory.si.edu/blog/us-navy-nurses-cape
Research Facts
Throughout the twentieth century, nurses' uniforms changed, in particular with the rising of hemlines. The nurse's uniform was generally white, and Kingston General Hospital uniforms were once known for "turkey red" hemlines. Different levels of nursing education had different uniforms, in particular different caps, as graduate nurses had black bands on their caps to indicate their level of education.
Nurses’ capes were an important part of the nurse’s uniform, and became a symbol of nursing and care in their own right outside of the rest of the uniform. The Red Cross, like Kingston General Hospital, lined the inside of their nurses’ capes with red, and the symbol of the red lined cape was used in recruiting posters for nurses during World War I, making the nurse look heroic. Nurses serving with Florence Nightingale in the Crimean War also wore woollen cloaks, predecessors of the nursing cape. For many women, the cape was part of their identity as nurses.
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