Carbolic sprayer composed of cylindrical apparatus (d); wire mesh in the middle, wooden handle, ivory cylinders as insulators and metal spray tube with rubber end at top; sits on round metal base (a); attached round metal holder (c) for a glass bottle (b); manufacturer's logo, crest and animals sta…
Carbolic sprayer composed of cylindrical apparatus (d); wire mesh in the middle, wooden handle, ivory cylinders as insulators and metal spray tube with rubber end at top; sits on round metal base (a); attached round metal holder (c) for a glass bottle (b); manufacturer's logo, crest and animals stamped on front and base.
Number Of Parts
a - base - Size: Length 11.3 cm x Diam. 13.7 cm
b - bottle - Size: Length 13.8 cm x Diam. 9.0 cm
c - holder - Size: Length 9.7 cm x Diam. 9.3 cm
d - cylindrical apparatus - Size: Length 21.5 cm x Width 35.0 cm x Depth 13.3 cm
Donated by Dean Barry Smith, Faculty of Medicine, Queen's University.
Stamped on front of (d) and base (a): "A. YOUNG // 57 FORREST ROAD // EDINBURGH"
Storage Room 0007
Mesh torn and bent in places; rubber broken and peeling; metal tarnished
"Catalogue of Surgical Instruments & Appliances," Down Bros. Ltd., 1906, p. 1283 (similar to model #5628); "Illustrations of Surgical Instruments of Superior Quality," 21st ed., Kny-Scheerer Co., ca. 1915, p. 3271 (similar to model #C/-14979)
Also known as antiseptic spray, carbolic sprayers were used for disinfecting sick-rooms and for inhalation; the wire gauze helped to stop vapour from the anaesthetic from igniting or cause any accidents with the spirit lamp.
On exhibit: Listerism: Antisepsis and the Roots of Modern Surgery," Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada; Ottawa, 30 May 2013.
On exhibit: "War and Medicine," Canadian War Museum, 12 Jan 2011-31 Dec. 2011.
On exhibit in the Friend-Vandewater Gallery in Botterell Hall, Queen's University; removed January 27, 2010
Two toned earthenware corked mercury bottle; the bottle is 2-tone brown, light on the body and darker on the neck; it has a paper label.
Number Of Parts
Found in a cabinet in the donors' basement after they bought the house from John Briscoe of Briscoe's pharmacy which was located at 229 Princess Street in Kingston from 1954 to 1966; it is likely that Briscoe acquired the collection during his career as a pharmacists.
Internet; the number on the maker's mark (10) probably means that the bottle was made in 1910 based on similar marks on other Scottish bottles, but this is not known for sure.
Printed on the label: "MERCURY // LYMANS, Limited Montreal // 10 // BUCHAN // 2 // PORTOBELLO // EDINBURGH
Storage Room 0010
0010-A3-1 Row B
Length 23.5 cm x Diam. 7.2 cm
The label is slightly torn and stained.
Kingston City Directories; Internet: "Timeless Treasure, Antiques and Collectables Online"
John Briscoe took over Bishop's Drugs Ltd in 1954; Bishop owned another store at 528 Princess Street from 1946 to 1954 and it had been a drug store under other ownership from 1923 until 1946; this is a possible origin of some of the collection.