Syringe kit which consists of (a) a metal syringe with a cylindrical hollow glass barrel encased in metal that has two elongated oval areas cut out at the top and bottom to reveal the glass barrel; the end of the barrel has rounded flat finger grips which are perpendicular to the barrel; a plunger …
Syringe kit which consists of (a) a metal syringe with a cylindrical hollow glass barrel encased in metal that has two elongated oval areas cut out at the top and bottom to reveal the glass barrel; the end of the barrel has rounded flat finger grips which are perpendicular to the barrel; a plunger fits into the barrel; this plunger has a long piece of metal that is rounded and threaded on the bottom and flat with a scale on the top; the end of the plunger has a flat round thumb push; the tip of the syringe tapers to a short hollow cylindrical piece that is open at the end and threaded on the outside; a round cap (b) fits over and onto this end; this cap has a closed end, smooth outside edges and threading on the inside; a needle (c) also fits over and onto the syringe tip; the needle has a round open base with threading on the inside; the base tapers to a hollow cylindrical needle with a pointed bevelled tip; the kit also contains two glass vials (d,e) which are made of hollow cylindrical clear glass with a closed bottom and an open round top; both open tops are plugged with round cork stoppers; both vials are empty; all the pieces of the kit are housed in a leather-covered wooden box (f) which is rectangular in shape with a lid that is attached at the back and has a metal clasp at the front; the inside bottom of the box has three leather partitions and the top has a separate leather flap.
Number Of Parts
a - syringe
b - cap
c - needle
d - vial: Size
e - vial: Size
f - box (closed)
g - box bottom
h - box top
Collected by Dr. A. A. Travill for Queen's Faculty of Medicine.
Syringe patented on April 7, 1891
leather: black; light brown
cork: light brown
(a) The right side of the syringe barrel is stamped "PAT. APRIL 7, 1891"; the right side of the plunger has increment marks and the numbers "25 // 20 // 15 // 10 // 5" stamped into it; (c) the outside base of the needle has "RAB" engraved into it
Storage Room 0010
For (a) only: On exhibit “The Century: Medical Innovations of the 1800s” at Museum of Health Care, 25 June 2017.
a - syringe: Length 7.7 cm x Width 3.6 cm x Depth 1.2 cm
b - cap: Length 0.6 cm x Diam. 0.6 cm
c - needle: Length 3.1 cm x Diam. 0.6 cm
d - vial: Length 5.5 cm x Diam. 0.6 cm
e - vial: Length 5.6 cm x Diam. 0.6 cm
f - box (closed): Length 9.2 cm x Width 5.2 cm x Depth 2.1 cm
g - box bottom: Length 5.4 cm x Width 5.9 cm x Depth 4.8 cm
h - box top: Length 19.8 cm x Width 6.2 cm x Depth 4.9 cm
All glass parts are complete and show only minor wear; all metal parts are complete and only show minor wear; no corrosion is visible; the leather covering on the box is starting to peel off at the back, but there are no missing sections
Previous number #97; "Aloe's Illustrated and Priced Catalogue of Superior Surgical Instruments, Physician's Supplies and Hospital Furnishings" by A.S. Aloe Company, 189-, p.1020; Faculty of Medicine Collection 1984 Inventory
On display, Providence Continuing Care Centre: "Rockwood Asylum: Refuge and Renewal 1878–1905" from Feb. 13, 2007 to 24 Nov 2016. Exhibit "Asylum, The Story of Kingston Psychiatric Hospital"; Dec. 5, 2000.