993.34.1: Suction Pump, 1906-1953

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993.34.1: Suction Pump.
Image No. 2057 ; Photographer: Helen Kingsley

Object Description

Spring action metal pump, part of Becton Dickinson Dry Cupping Set, to be used with cupping glasses. Consists of a small container and removable lid with central shaft. To one end of shaft [inside container] a spring is connected. A finger rest collar connected to upper end of shaft is pressed down to activate spring. Manufacturer's details stamped into lid 'BECTON DICKINSON & CO. RUTHERFORD N.J. PAT. DEC - 06'. Nozzle to attached to rubber tube missing.

Object Classification

Accession Number: 993.34.1
Collection: Therapeutics
Date: 1906-1953

Object Dimensions

  • Height: 10.5 cm
  • Diameter: 4.5 cm

Object Parts

  • a) Base
  • b) Lid and shaft with seal and steel spring

Object Materials

  • copper alloy,
  • plating,
  • rubber,
  • steel

Acquisition Detail

  • Manufacturer: Becton, Dickinson & Co.
  • Patent Date: 1906-12-01
  • Owner: Dr. William Charles Walsh
  • History of Use: Phlebotomy instrument, for use with cupping glasses [see 993.35.1, 993.36.1, 993.37.1]. It was also used with sphygmomanometers. Used by Dr William Charles Walsh [1881-1956] an early Vancouver physician with a practice on the East Side until 1953.