993.1008.1: Hypodermic Case, 1891-1940

Additional Images

993.1008.1: Hypodermic Case.
Image No. 1236 ; Photographer: Helen Kingsley

Object Description

Hinged case with lift-out frame containing metal syringe with semi-round graduated [20ml] piston rod, 2 regular pointed needles in holders, 1 holder, 2 empty glass tubes of tabloids with cork stopper, No.88 morphine tartrate [16mgm.] and No.30 Digitalin [amorphous] gr. 1/100 [0.00065 gm]. Manufacturer's details ' BAILEY LONDON' stamped into case lid and piston rod thumb rest.

Object Classification

Accession Number: 993.1008.1
Collection: Surgery, General
Date: 1891-1940

Object Dimensions

  • Length: 7.8 cm
  • Height: 2 cm
  • Width: 3.5 cm

Object Parts

  • a) Case with lift-out frame
  • b) Syringe
  • c) Needle with holder
  • d) Needle with holder
  • e) Needle holder
  • f) Labeled empty tube of tabloids 'Digitalin'
  • g) Labeled empty tube of tabloids 'Morphine Tartrate'

Object Materials

  • cork,
  • glass,
  • metal,
  • paper,
  • plating,
  • printing ink,
  • steel

Acquisition Detail

  • Manufacturer of part f) : Burroughs Wellcome & Co. (and part g)
  • Manufacturer: W.H. Bailey & Son
  • Owner: Dr. James C. Farish
  • History of Use: Used by Dr. James C. Farish [1865-1952], born in Liverpool, Nova Scotia. Dr. Farish moved to New Westminster B.C. in 1898 taking a position as ship's doctor on the S.S. Tartar, during the Klondike gold rush. After studying eye, ear, nose and throat techniques at Chicago, he returned to Vancouver in 1901 where he became one of the leading eye, ears, nose and throat specialists, and established the practice he maintained until 1941 when he retired.