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Siegle's pneumatic otoscope

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Dates
1890
circa 1890
Collection
Dr. Publow Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Otolaryngology
Accession Number
994011001 a-b
Description
Siegle's pneumatic otoscope (a) with lens protector (b); the otoscope is metal, hollow and cylindrical; the otoscope tapers down from the lens to a conical ear piece; the ear piece is attached to the lens with a leather washer set between the components; the lens component rounds out to a flat, rou…
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Accession Number
994011001 a-b
Collection
Dr. Publow Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Otolaryngology
MeSH Heading
MM= Otolaryngology -- otoscope
MM= Dilatation -- speculum -- aural
Description
Siegle's pneumatic otoscope (a) with lens protector (b); the otoscope is metal, hollow and cylindrical; the otoscope tapers down from the lens to a conical ear piece; the ear piece is attached to the lens with a leather washer set between the components; the lens component rounds out to a flat, round opening;the inside of the opening is set with a fitted round glass lens; the inside rim is threaded to allow the attachment of (b); the bottom of the lens component has a short hollow length of cylindrical tubing; the end of the tube flares outwards to allow the attachment of rubber tubing, and has a small opening at the bottom; the lens is protected by (b), which consists of an open ring of metal that has threading on its lower edge; the outer edge of this ring has gripping lines stamped into the metal.
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - otoscope - Size: Length 7.3 cm x Width 4.5 cm x Depth 2.0 cm
b - lens protector - Size: Depth 0.4 cm x Diam. 2.5 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
1890
circa 1890
Date Remarks
Found in 1890s catalogue; identified by Dr. Williams
Material
metal: silver
glass: clear
leather: brown
Inscriptions
None
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-E3-15
Condition Remarks
The otoscope shows normal wear; some minor scratches; no corrosion; artifact is complete; there are no chips, breaks or cracks; #2: The metal showed no signs of corrosion; there was a green discolouration on the leather ring behind the lens..
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Person
JPG
Reference Comments
Dr. M. Williams; "An Illustrated Catalogue and Price List of Max Wocher and Son," by Max Wocher and Son, 189–, p. 88 (similar to item #870); "Antique Medical Instruments," by C. Keith Wilbur, M.D., 1987, p. 53 (see attached photocopies); CD #2
Research Facts
Used to visually inspect the outer ear as well as the mobility of the eardrum; a rubber tube with an earpiece at the end would have been attached to the small tube at the bottom of the otoscope so that the doctor could listen for any signs of fluid buildup (acute otitis media).
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; on exhibit in the Cabinet of Curiosities, Sept. 2001-May 2002.
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pharyngeal sponge holder

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Dates
1890
circa 1890
Collection
Dr. Publow Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Otolaryngology
Accession Number
994011002
Description
The pharyngeal sponge holder is straight and consists of a thin metal rod with a thickened handle on one end and a toothed clamp on the other; the handle has a rounded end, and is hexagonal; it is joined to the thinner middle rod with a small bell-shaped component; the middle section is round and t…
Accession Number
994011002
Collection
Dr. Publow Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Otolaryngology
MeSH Heading
MM= Cotton/Sponge, Carrier
Description
The pharyngeal sponge holder is straight and consists of a thin metal rod with a thickened handle on one end and a toothed clamp on the other; the handle has a rounded end, and is hexagonal; it is joined to the thinner middle rod with a small bell-shaped component; the middle section is round and thin; a split appears as part of the design in the rod as it nears the clamp; a small movable spool-shaped piece controls the width of the clamp; gripping lines are stamped on the top and bottom of this piece; the jaws of the clamp end with two pointed teeth on each end which interlock (mouse teeth); the instrument is solid.
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.
Maker
Alhernsten
Dates
1890
circa 1890
Date Remarks
Similar items found in 1890 and 1906 catalogues
Material
metal: silver
Inscriptions
"Alhernsten" stamped into the metal handle
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-E3-9
Dimension Notes
Length 25.4 cm x Diam. 0.5 cm
Condition Remarks
The item shows wear, especially on the handle (signs of handling, slight scratches) and on the clamp where moving part runs along the metal; some damage to the plating can be seen here; slight accretion of dirt and some corrosion can be seen in clamp groove when spool-shaped part is moved; #2: slightly rusty.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Person
Reference Comments
Dr. M. Williams; "An Illustrated Catalogue and Price List of Max Wocher and Son," by Max Wocher and Son, 189_, p. 128 (similar to item #1329); "Wholesale Catalogue of Surgical Instruments & Appliances," by Down Bros. Ltd., 1906, p. 358 (item #1576) (see attached photocopies)
Research Facts
Identified by Dr. Williams as a "cotton carrier."
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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Hartmann's aural operating forceps

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Dates
1890
circa 1890
Collection
Dr. Publow Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Otolaryngology
Accession Number
994011003
Description
The aural operating forceps are a metal, scissor-like instrument, with two finger grips on one end and a clamp on the other end; the instrument is made up of two main pieces of metal that are rounded on the outside and flat on the inside; these two parts are held together by a small nut and bolt at…
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Accession Number
994011003
Collection
Dr. Publow Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Otolaryngology
MeSH Heading
MM= Grasping and Fixating -- forceps --aural
Description
The aural operating forceps are a metal, scissor-like instrument, with two finger grips on one end and a clamp on the other end; the instrument is made up of two main pieces of metal that are rounded on the outside and flat on the inside; these two parts are held together by a small nut and bolt at the midpoint; the finger grips are closed and oval-shaped; a metal arm extends from the bottom of each oval; the arms meet at the bend of a 45° angle, and are then connected by the nut and bolt; the bolt top has a thin, flat screwdriver groove; the nut, on the opposite side of the arms, is hexagonal; the end of the bolt is visible past the nut and a metal thread is visible; the arms continue past the nut and bolt, and as they near the clamping end, they twist and widen to form the clamp; the clamp ends with a slightly rounded point; the inside gripping edges are flat and bordered by small ridges; a shallow oval groove runs down the middle of each gripping surface.
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.
Maker
F.A. Hardy & Co.
Site Made (City)
Chicago
Site Made (State)
Illinois
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1890
circa 1890
Date Remarks
Similar to an item found in 1890s catalogue
Material
metal: silver
Inscriptions
"F.A. Hardy & Co." is stamped on one arm near the gripping end; when the forceps are opened, the number "19" is revealed, stamped on the inside of each arm just below the nut and bolt and towards the finger grip end.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-E3-16
Dimension Notes
Length 22.0 cm x Width 6.0 cm x Depth 1.0 cm
Condition Remarks
Signs of normal wear are evident, primarily along the inside edges of the arms where they rub together; the plating is worn along the edges of the instrument; small rust spots are developing along the length of the inside and outside edges; black spots of tarnish or wear have developed on the inside clamping edges, along the small grooves; rust is also developing on the arms where the nut and bolt secure the two pieces together; the nut and bolt are also a little loose--the nut can be turned with ease with the fingers; #2: rusty.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
JPG
Reference Comments
"Aloe's Illustrated and Priced Catalogue of Superior Surgical Instruments, Physician's Supplies and Hospital Furnishings," 6th ed., A.S. Aloe Co., 189–, p. 234 (item #5204) (see attached photocopy); CD #7
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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Collection
Dr. Publow Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Otolaryngology
Accession Number
994011004
Description
The hot cautery consists of a plated metal square handle and a thin, round rod leading to an iron tear-shaped component; the handle is tapered at the end, then expands towards the cauterizing end; the four main sides of the handle are joined by four smaller sides, making the handle oxagonal; the ti…
Accession Number
994011004
Collection
Dr. Publow Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Otolaryngology
MeSH Heading
Cautery -- instrumentation
Description
The hot cautery consists of a plated metal square handle and a thin, round rod leading to an iron tear-shaped component; the handle is tapered at the end, then expands towards the cauterizing end; the four main sides of the handle are joined by four smaller sides, making the handle oxagonal; the tip of the handle is rounded; a thin, round rod extends from the opposite end of the handle closest to the cauterizing end; a tear-shaped iron component is at the end of this rod; the round part of the iron tear-shaped piece is attached to the rod, and it narrows to a point at approximately a 45° angle; all components are solid.
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.
Maker
F.A. Harding & Co.
Site Made (City)
Chicago
Site Made (State)
Illinois
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Material
metal: silver; brown
Inscriptions
F.A. Harding & Co. symbol, an eye inside the letter "C," is stamped on the handle nearest the cauterizing end.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-E3-12
Dimension Notes
Length 14.3 cm x Width 0.6 cm x Depth 1.0 cm
Condition Remarks
The item shows normal signs of wear; the plating is slightly worn along the handle, and more severely worn on the flared part of the metal rod; brown corrosion appears on the rod as it nears the iron piece; the iron piece also shows signs of corrosion; #2: stained.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Reference Comments
Dr. M. Williams
Research Facts
Identified by Dr. Williams as a hot cautery; no similar item could be found in any catalogue (starting at 1890)
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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Panza's turbinotomy scissors

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Dates
1906
circa 1906
Collection
Dr. Publow Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
General Surgery
Accession Number
994011005
Description
A pair of solid, curved turbinotomy scissors, consisting of two metal arms, one end with closed oval finger grips; a metal arm extends from each of the two finger grips; these arms interlock one-third of the way down; the arms are attached by a small nut and bolt two-thirds of the way down, nearing…
Accession Number
994011005
Collection
Dr. Publow Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
General Surgery
MeSH Heading
MM= Cutting Tool -- scissors/shears -- operating
Description
A pair of solid, curved turbinotomy scissors, consisting of two metal arms, one end with closed oval finger grips; a metal arm extends from each of the two finger grips; these arms interlock one-third of the way down; the arms are attached by a small nut and bolt two-thirds of the way down, nearing the cutting end; the bolt has a flat, narrow groove bisecting it; from the nut and bolt, the arms curve together and each thins to a cutting edge and narrows to a rounded point; a small ridge marks the point at which each arm becomes a blade; the outside of each arm is rounded; the inside of each arm is flat.
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.
Maker
H. Pfau Inh.
Site Made (City)
Berlin
Site Made (Country)
Germany
Dates
1906
circa 1906
Date Remarks
Similar to an item found in 1906 catalogue
Material
metal: silver
Inscriptions
"H. Pfau Berlin N W 6." appears on the outside of one arm around the mid-point; when the scissors are opened, the number "100" can be seen stamped into the metal on the flat inside surface of each arm toward the finger grips, just above the point where the arms interlock.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-F1-13
Dimension Notes
Length 17.5 cm x Width 6.0 cm x Depth 0.7 cm
Condition Remarks
This item displays some corrosion along the edges of the metal and at the point where the arms interlock and are joined; the plating has been worn in these spots; rust also appears on the edges of the cutting blades; there are some small accretions of grime on these blades; #2: rusty.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Person
Reference Comments
Dr. M. Williams; "A Catalogue of Surgical Instruments and Appliances, Also of Aseptic Hospital Furniture," Down Bros. Ltd., 1906, p. 482 (similar to item #2119) (see attached photocopy)
Research Facts
Although identified by Dr. Williams as Beckmann's scissors, this item bears a closer resemblance to Panza's turbinotomy scissors, advertised in a 1906 catalogue.
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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post-nasal cutting tool

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Dates
1890
circa 1890
Collection
Dr. Publow Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Otolaryngology
Accession Number
994011006
Description
The post-nasal cutting tool is a solid, metal scissor-like tool; one end consists of two oval closed finger grips; a round metal arm extends from each of them; the arms descend in a straight path, then bend inwards to meet; at this point, the inside of the arms become flat, while the outside remain…
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Accession Number
994011006
Collection
Dr. Publow Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Otolaryngology
MeSH Heading
MM= Cutting Tool
Description
The post-nasal cutting tool is a solid, metal scissor-like tool; one end consists of two oval closed finger grips; a round metal arm extends from each of them; the arms descend in a straight path, then bend inwards to meet; at this point, the inside of the arms become flat, while the outside remains rounded; the arms curve together at approximately a 25° angle at the midpoint; they continue towards the cutting end and are joined by a nut and bolt ¾ of the way down nearest the cutting end; the bolt has a narrow groove bisecting it; the arms continue past the bolt, and narrow to thin rods and separate slightly; at the end of each rod is a round cupped piece with a sharp rim; when the instrument is closed, these small cups rest with their sharp rims together, the bottoms of the cups facing outwards in opposite directions.
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.
Dates
1890
circa 1890
Date Remarks
Similar items found in 1890s and 1906 catalogues
Material
metal: silver
Inscriptions
The number "2" is stamped in the metal just above the connecting bolt on the outside of one arm; when the instrument is opened, the number "37" is revealed stamped into the metal on the flat inside of each arm, also just above the connecting nut and bolt.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-E3-12
Dimension Notes
Length 20.0 cm x Width 6.5 cm x Depth 0.6 cm
Condition Remarks
The plating on this item is slightly worn in some spots--at the connection point and along the edges of the finger grips and the rims of the cups; some small corrosion spots also appear on the inside of each arm where the two arms meet near the finger grips; #2: tarnished.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
JPG
Reference Comments
"Catalogue of Surgical Instruments and Appliances, Also Aseptic Hospital Furniture" Down Bros. Ltd., 1906, p. 455 (similar to item #1993) (see attached photocopy); CD #4
Research Facts
Possibly used for removing polyps.
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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tonsil punch forceps

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Dates
1906
circa 1906
Collection
Dr. Publow Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Otolaryngology
Accession Number
994011007
Description
The tonsil punch is a solid metal object; one end consists of two finger grips, oval shaped and closed; a metal arm extends from each; the inside of each arm is flat, the outside is rounded, but angled so that the flat insides and the outsides create a rounded triangle; the arms extend angled inwar…
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Accession Number
994011007
Collection
Dr. Publow Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Otolaryngology
MeSH Heading
Tonsillectomy -- instrumentation
MM= Cutting Tool -- punch -- tonsil
Description
The tonsil punch is a solid metal object; one end consists of two finger grips, oval shaped and closed; a metal arm extends from each; the inside of each arm is flat, the outside is rounded, but angled so that the flat insides and the outsides create a rounded triangle; the arms extend angled inwards and meet just before the midpoint; one arm becomes the main component of the instrument, and the other is joined to it by a metal joint; at this point the arms are melded together, and bend at approximately a 10° angle; a very thin line can be seen between the arms towards the punching end; a clip of thin metal, which is movable, extends from the corner of the angle; the arms taper, then flare slightly towards the punching end; the arms end, one with a joint that attaches the lower, movable smaller part of the punching component, the other bends to form a metal loop with an oval hole that is shaped to fit the smaller punching component; a thin disk is partially visible through a small groove in the outside of the larger piece; this disk facilitates the operation of the punching mechanism.
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.
Maker
V. Mueller & Co.
Site Made (City)
Chicago
Site Made (State)
Illinois
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1906
circa 1906
Date Remarks
Similar item found in 1906 catalogue
Material
metal: silver
Inscriptions
"V. Mueller & Co." stamped into the metal on the outside of the larger arm, just before the joint; the number "3" is stamped into the metal on the flat inside surface of each arm just before the joint.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-E3-6
Dimension Notes
Length 20.0 cm x Width 9.0 cm x Depth 0.5 cm
Condition Remarks
The nickel plating is flaking significantly, particularly on the insides of the arms near the finger grips, as well as along the rims of the grips; however, there is very little corrosion present, and the parts are still movable; the plating is also worn at the bend of the arms, around the clip and punching component; #2: rusty and chipped.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Person
JPG
Reference Comments
Dr. M. Williams; "Catalogue of Surgical Instruments and Appliances, Also of Aseptic Hospital Furniture" Down Bros. Ltd., 1906, pp. 308-309 (similar to item #1399) (see attached photocopies); CD #4.
Research Facts
Identified by Dr. Williams as Hartmann or Myles tonsil punch forceps
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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Beckmann's turbinotomy scissors

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact4626
Dates
1892
circa 1892
Collection
Dr. Publow Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
General Surgery
Accession Number
994011008 a-b
Description
This solid metal instrument consists of arm (a) and arm (b); arm (a) begins as a closed oval finger grip; the arms extends from the oval; the inside of the arm is flat and the outside is rounded; a ridge marks the point where the metal is cut to half its thickness, and continues to taper as it near…
Accession Number
994011008 a-b
Collection
Dr. Publow Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
General Surgery
MeSH Heading
MM= Cutting Tool -- scissors/shears -- operating
Description
This solid metal instrument consists of arm (a) and arm (b); arm (a) begins as a closed oval finger grip; the arms extends from the oval; the inside of the arm is flat and the outside is rounded; a ridge marks the point where the metal is cut to half its thickness, and continues to taper as it nears the blade end; at the midpoint, a groove is cut to allow the attachment of arm (b); arm (a) bends right after this groove at approximately a 5° angle; it thins and tapers to form a pointed blade that angles outwards slightly; arm (b) is similar to arm (a) except for the following distinctions: below the finger grip on the flat inside of the arm, a short, round metal rod extends towards the inside of arm (a) by 0.5 cm; in addition, in the same position as the groove on arm (a), a short, round metal rod capped by a flat, round disk extends from the flat inside of arm (b).
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - arm - Size: Length 20.0 cm x Width 2.3 cm x Depth 0.6 cm
b - arm - Size: Length 20.0 cm x Width 2.3 cm x Depth 0.7 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.
Maker
J.F. Hartz Co.
Site Made (City)
Toronto
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1892
circa 1892
Date Remarks
Based on patent date stamped on instrument
Material
metal: silver
Inscriptions
"The J.F. Hartz Co." is stamped into the metal on the outside of arm (a), below the finger grips above the joint; the number "12" is stamped into the metal on the flat inside surface of arm (a) just above the joint nearest the finger grip end; next to this, towards the finger grips, "PAT.5.3.92" is stamped; the number "12" is stamped into the metal on the flat inside surface of arm (b) above the joint nearest the finger grip end.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-F1-13
Condition Remarks
Both arms show signs of normal wear; there are a few fingerprints along the arms, and the plating is worn on the inside of the blades; moderate corrosion is evident here; arm (a) has a spot of corrosion on the inside of the arm where it makes contact from the rod on arm (b); on arm (b) a thin circle of plating wear appears on the outside of the arm opposite the capped rod on the inside; #2: rusty.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Reference Comments
"A Catalogue of Surgical Instruments and Appliances, Also of Aseptic Hospital Furniture," Down Bros. Ltd., 1906, p. 482 (similar to item #2117) (see attached photocopy)
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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Douglas's nasal snare

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Dates
1915
circa 1915
Collection
Dr. Publow Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Otolaryngology
Accession Number
994011009 a-c
Description
This nasal snare is comprised of several components; one end has a round, closed finger grip; it is joined to a square, notched rod by a small bell-shaped piece; the four faces of the square rod are smooth, and small grooves run along each of the four corners; a hollow square rod, with two closed r…
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Accession Number
994011009 a-c
Collection
Dr. Publow Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Otolaryngology
MeSH Heading
MM= Cutting Tool -- snare -- loop -- nasal
Description
This nasal snare is comprised of several components; one end has a round, closed finger grip; it is joined to a square, notched rod by a small bell-shaped piece; the four faces of the square rod are smooth, and small grooves run along each of the four corners; a hollow square rod, with two closed round finger grips attached to two opposite sides can be moved up and down the solid grooved rod; a round metal disk with gripping lines stamped into its top and bottom rims can be turned to move it up and down the rod; it runs above the hollow rod with the two finger grips towards the wire end of the instrument, and can be set to limit the movement of the hollow square rod along the solid, square notched rod; past the spinning disk, the notched solid square rod bends at a rounded 45° angle, and the notches disappear; it bends again at a rounded 45° angle, and melds into a round, hollow short rod; on the face of this rod closest to the square rod piece, there is a small hole with metal threads; this hole accepts screw (b), which has a flat cap, with gripping lines stamped around the rim; a short, round threaded rod extends from this cap; a thin, round, hollow rod runs through the previous round hollow rod; towards the finger grip end, it flares out and ends at a round disk-like component, to reveal another thin rod extending towards the finger grip end; this rod ends at a small disk with gripping lines stamped into its top and bottom rims; this disk is attached to a round, short, metal cylinder that is attached to one of the closed round finger grips attached to the hollow, square, movable rod; a short, hollow threaded rod extends from the face of this cylinder to accept screw (c), which has a rounded cap and slanted gripping lines stamped into its rim; a short, solid, metal rod with metal threads extends from the cap; towards the small end, the round hollow rod extends from the larger hollow rod; the hole at its end reveals the toothed end of a thin, flat rod within the round hollow rod.
Number Of Parts
3
Part Names
a - snare - Size: Length 18.6 cm x Width 6.0 cm x Depth 2.2 cm
b - bottom screw - Size: Length 1.0 cm x Width 0.7 cm x Depth 0.9 cm
c - top screw - Size: Length 1.9 cm x Width 0.6 cm x Depth 0.7 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.
Maker
George Ermold
Site Made (City)
New York
Site Made (State)
New York
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1915
circa 1915
Date Remarks
Item found in 1915 catalogue
Material
metal: silver
Inscriptions
The number "49" is stamped into the metal on one face of the square metal notched rod, nearest the first finger grip; this number is also stamped on the bottom of the cylinder attached to the closed round finger grip attached to the hollow square rod; "Ermold" is stamped into the metal of the notched square rod, on the face opposite to "49"; "steel" is stamped into the metal of the solid square rod, past the rounded bend on the un-notched component.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-E3-11
Condition Remarks
There are some slight rust stains on the base of the square notched rod by the finger grips and near the curve of the rod; after the curve of the square rod towards the snare end, a patch of the plating is worn where the word "steel" is stamped on the metal, and on the opposite side; screw (b) has some black grime under the rim; slight corrosion on one face of the hollow square rod; #2: tarnished, rusty, and bent.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Person
JPG
Reference Comments
Dr. M. Williams; "Illustrations of Surgical Instruments of Superior Quality," The Kny-Scheerer Co., ca. 1915, p. 3157 (item #C/-8873) (see attached photocopy); CD #4.
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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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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