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
Bottom of box is inscribed in ink: "R.W. Forrest Acting Asst. Surgeon U.S.A. 1864"
Storage Room 0010
Velvet faded; #3: minor scratches on the surfacr of the case and metal inlay; crack in the wood on the proper right side, 6.0 cm long; metal inlay worn but no active corrosion; significant cracks in the outer bottom surface of the case; one along the near edge 42.0 cm along length of case, and another along the front edge, 23.0 cm long; no cracks in any instrument handles except (b) the amputation saw, 2.0 cm long; the extra saw blade has a patch of active corrosion at the tip, 1.7 cm x 0.5 cm, and 2.2 cm x 0.4 cm; (c) dilator has four patches of active corrosion on one side and six patches on the other; possible active corrosion at the midpoint of the Hey's saw; felt lining is moderately faded in the tray and slightly faded in the top and bottom; one handle of inner tray (proper left) is broken; felt and wood worn on bottom level where large pliers are stored.
York County Atlas, 1879; A. L. Hernstein & Co. catalogue, 1870, p. 10 No. 9 "Army Field Case."
"When Medicine Met Science" exhibit, Ann Baillie Building, April 29, 2003