997.4.1: Inhaler, c. 1880

Additional Images

997.4.1: Inhaler.
Image No. 833 ; Photographer: Helen Kingsley

Object Description

ALLIS type ether inhaler which consists of a hollow housing fitted with removable inner grid frame [parallel bars 3cm wide, 2 cm apart]. Gauze would be stretched back and forth between the bars. The inhaler was placed over the nose and mouth where liquid ether would vaporize from the gauze when inserted into the housing. 'B' inscribed in circle on outer surface of housing. Cover for housing missing.

Object Classification

Accession Number: 997.4.1
Collection: Anaesthesiology
Date: c. 1880

Object Dimensions

  • Height: 13.7 cm
  • Width: 8.2 cm
  • Depth: 12.5 cm

Object Parts

Object Materials

  • copper alloy,
  • plating

Acquisition Detail

  • History of Use: Ether drops dampened bandages threaded between the bar frame-work. A tight fitting leather cover then capped the inhaler.