993.145.1: Vaccinator, 1870-1900

Additional Images

993.145.1: Vaccinator.
Image No. 2033 ; Photographer: Helen Kingsley

Object Description

Vaccinator with 5 steel needle points soldered onto a metal fitting attached to the end of a hollow ivory body with a separate sliding cap to regulate the length of the needle points. The other end consists of a detachable scarifying knife. The manufacturer's name 'MAYER & MELTZER' is stamped into the cap's surface.

Object Classification

Accession Number: 993.145.1
Collection: Public Health & Hygiene
Date: 1870-1900

Object Dimensions

  • Length: 16 cm
  • Diameter: 0.6 cm

Object Parts

  • a) Handle with needles
  • b) Needle cap
  • c) Scarifying knife

Object Materials

  • copper alloy,
  • ivory,
  • silver plate,
  • steel

Acquisition Detail

  • Manufacturer: Mayer & Meltzer
  • History of Use: This instrument would have been used to vaccinate people against smallpox.