Series 13 - Medical bags, cases and other containers (with or without contents)


Description

Includes First Aid cases, G.P. medicine bags and other larger containers.


Inventory Listing

MHM00073 Set of Medical Instruments
Stone forceps marked: "J.B. Somerset"; case marked: "A. C. Fortescue Goulburn/ LOND. REG. NO. 2612. M.S."

Brief Description

Set of fourteen medical instruments in leather case. Instruments made by a variety of makers, mostly in London. Case is dumbbell shaped, with three straps and buckles, and has a woven brass wire handle; made by A.C. Fortescue, Goulburn, Australia.

History of Object

Some instruments in set probably used by J.B. Somerset.

Materials and Finishes

Leather and metal (plated)

References

Association file: Somerset, J. B.
Supplementary file

Creator Not known
Quantity 15 parts (11.4 x 39.2 x 11.0 cm) Inventory Identifier MHM00073 Series 13
MHM00074 Doctor's Bag
Marked on base: "SOLID LEATHER/18"

Brief Description

Leather doctor's bag, with snap clasp and carry handle, side pockets in interior, fabric lined. Used until 1916.

History of Object

This bag and its contents (registration numbers 75-91) were used by Dr. James Jamieson, who practiced in Warnambool and Melbourne, later lecturing in Obstetrics at Melbourne University. He died in 1916.

Materials and Finishes

Leather, metal and cloth

References

AMA Museum catalogue
Association card: Jamieson, James (Dr.)
Association file.
Supplementary file

Creator Not known
Date range ? - 1916    Quantity 1 item (17.3 x 49.0 x 24.0 cm)
Inventory Identifier MHM00074 Series 13
MHM00200 Box for 'Taylor's Cinolite'
Includes detailed label

Brief Description

Rectangular box for 'Taylor's Cinolite' prepared white Fuller's Earth. White box with black on yellow label.

History of Object

Materials and Finishes

Cardboard and paper (printed).

References

Creator Not known
Quantity 1 item (2.3 x 8.1 x 6.0 cm) Inventory Identifier MHM00200 Series 13
MHM01363 Kit: compact first-aid kid in black box with hinged compartments
Stamped in box, "Rd No 514800/72".

Brief Description

Compact first-aid kit in black box with hinged and compartment fold-away half-lids. Contents include test tubes, bandages, bottles, tins and tubes plus nail scissors and thermometer. Contains packages, etc., of: triangular bandages, cottonwool, tourniquet, boric lint, bandages...

History of Object

Contents have been re-numbered and have been re-associated with registration number 1364, their proper kit.

Materials and Finishes

Metal (painted), paper (printed), glass, plastic and contents.

References

Creator Balfour, Mrs. L.J.
Control Formerly MU 016/67
Date range c. 1914    Quantity 1 item (5.9 x 17.5 x 12.0 cm) [closed]
Inventory Identifier MHM01363 Series 13
MHM01367 Case: small black metal case containing eight small bottles
In the bottles are Soda-Mint; Compound Cubeb; Aloin Comp.; Ferri Quinias et Strychniae Phosph.; Ferruginous, Blaud's; Pepsin; Aconite Tincture; Dry Thyroid Gland. Stamped on to each end of case, "JAHNCKE'S PATENT".

Brief Description

Small black metal case which holds eight small cylindrical bottles with cork stoppers and black-on-blue labels. Bottles contain tablets and pills.

History of Object

Materials and Finishes

Metal (painted), glass, cork, paper (printed) and contents.

References

Creator Not known
Date range c. 1900    Quantity 9 items (item 1: 1.5 x 10.1 x 4.9 cm; items 2-9: [not stated])
Inventory Identifier MHM01367 Series 13
MHM01613 Case: pocket tablet case in metal for "Porte Medecines" plus six bottles
Moulded and painted at front lid flap: "PORTE MDECINES".
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Brief Description

Pocket tablet case in metal with flap lid for "Porte Medecines". Contains six double bottles for pills, many for associated travel illnesses.

History of Object

Materials and Finishes

Metal (painted), glass, paper (printed) and contents.

References

Creator Not known
Date range c. 1920    Quantity 7 items (item 1: 6.8 x 11.3 x 2.3 cm; items 2-7: 6.6 x 1.9 cm)
Inventory Identifier MHM01613 Series 13
MHM01619 Kit: mid-19th Century pocket medicine kit in leather case
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Brief Description

Mid-19th century pocket medicine kit in leather case. Consists of metal container for powders, and glass bottles for powders, pills and liquid, plus powder papers.

History of Object

Presented to College of Pharmacy by Mr A.B. Rundle, Wangaratta, (1953 04 15).

Materials and Finishes

Leather, glass, metal, paper (printed), cork, tape (cloth) and contents.

References

Creator College of Pharmacy
Date range c. 1860    Quantity 1 item (11.7 x 15.7 x 4.0 cm)
Inventory Identifier MHM01619 Series 13
MHM01620 Kit: portable medicine kit in black metal box
Item (.1), stamped on metal box, "RD No. 452413" and "PARKE, DAVIS & Co."
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Brief Description

Portable medicine kit in black metal box with hinged compartments. Contains bottles, bandages, some equipment, poisons book and hypodermic booklet.

History of Object

1620 book: Murrell, Wm, 1900. "What to Do In Cases of Poisoning", H.K. Lewis, London.
Also 1620 booklet: "Hypodermic Medication", Burroughs Wellcome and Co.

Materials and Finishes

[not stated].

References

Creator Balfour, Mrs. L. T.
Date range c. 1900    Quantity 1 item ([not stated])
Inventory Identifier MHM01620 Series 13
MHM01882 Ampoule: incomplete box of seven ampules, "cocaine and adrenaline"
Batch number stamped on each ampule's label, "124882E".
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Brief Description

Incomplete box of seven ampules for "Cocaine and Adrenalin Solution". The ampules are an early form, with bulbous centre and narrow, tapering ends. Box did hold 12.

History of Object

Materials and Finishes

Glass, paper (printed), cardboard and contents.

References

Creator Hazzard, Dr. C.
Date range c. 1920    Quantity 8 items (item 1 [box]: 1.65 x 16.5 x 8.1 cm; items 2-8 [ampules]: 7.1 x 1.0 cm)
Inventory Identifier MHM01882 Series 13
MHM02065 Case: "Glaseptic" ampoule case by Parke, Davis & Co.
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Brief Description

"Glaseptic" ampoule case by Parke, Davis & Co. Leatherette case contains 13 unbroken ampoules.

History of Object

Materials and Finishes

Wood, leatherette, metal, glass and paper (printed).

References

Creator Hicks, Dr. S.D.
Quantity 1 item ([case] 2.3 x 16.3 x 6.2 cm) Inventory Identifier MHM02065 Series 13
MHM02066 Case: "Glaseptic" ampoule case by Parke, Davis & Co.
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Brief Description

"Glaseptic" ampoule case by Parke, Davis & Co., containing 8 tubes of tablets (but with provision for wider tubes).

History of Object

Materials and Finishes

Wood, metal, leatherette, velvet, glass, paper (printed) and contents.

References

Creator Not known
Quantity 1 item ([csae] 2.6 x 16.3 x 8.4 cm) Inventory Identifier MHM02066 Series 13
MHM02071 Bottle: set of 2, square liquids bottle in leather case
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Brief Description

Set of two square liquids bottles, with glass stopper and screw-on mushroom-shaped metal cap. In brown leather case with strap and buckle.

History of Object

Materials and Finishes

Glass, metal and leather (tanned).

References

Creator Not known
Quantity 1 item ([case] 14.0 x 14.5 x 6.6 cm) Inventory Identifier MHM02071 Series 13
MHM02473 Kit: hypodermic pills kit for 80 bottles, in hinged case
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Brief Description

Hypodermic pills kit with capacity for 80 small bottles (missing eleven bottles). Hinged case with velvet compartments and restraining flap.

History of Object

Materials and Finishes

Glass, cork, paper (printed), wood, leatherette, metal, velvet, satin and contents.

References

Creator Not known
Date range c. 1880    Quantity 1 item (3.3 x 18.6 x 10.0 cm)
Inventory Identifier MHM02473 Series 13
MHM03455 Doctor's bag
Engraved on side, "H.H.W." Stamped on bottom, "WARRANTED/OX HIDE".

Brief Description

Single-handled brown leather bag with lock.

History of Object

Was full of instruments; now registered separately. See registration numbers 3454 to 3477.

Materials and Finishes

Leather and metal.

References

See registration numbers 3454 to 3477 for contents of bag.

Creator Not known
Quantity 1 item (42.0 x 19.3 x 15.0 cm) Inventory Identifier MHM03455 Series 13
MHM03504 Case: metal case containing 5 small jars of pills
Stamped on one end of case, "JAHNKE'S PATENT"; at other end, "REGISTERED [logo] 15 MAY 1880". On side, "PRESS HERE". Labels on jars: (.2) "ALOPHEN"; (.3) "ACONITE TINCTURE"; (.4) "GREY POWDER"; (.5) "PANTOPON"; (.6) "BROMURAL".
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Brief Description

Metal case, lined in dark blue velour (velvet?), containing five small jars of pills.

History of Object

Owned by Dame Jean Macnamara.

Materials and Finishes

Metal, velour (?), glass, cork and paper.

References

Creator Macnamara, Dame Jean
Date range c. 1880    Quantity 1 item ([not stated])
Inventory Identifier MHM03504 Series 13
MHM03508 Case: case containing 6 small tubes, tabloids and folding rack
Inside lid of case, "PARKE DAVIS & CO/LONDON".
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Brief Description

Small black leather-covered case containing small tube-holding rack. Rack holds five tubes of pills, has three spare places. A sixth tube too large for rack is in the bottom of the case.

History of Object

Owned by Dame Jean Macnamara.

Materials and Finishes

Leather, glass, paper, cork, cotton-wool, brass and wood.

References

Creator Macnamara, Dame Jean
Quantity 1 item ([case] 5.9 x 3.8 x 2.1 cm) Inventory Identifier MHM03508 Series 13
MHM03944 Case: hypodermic and ophthalmic solutions and tablets
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Brief Description

Rectangular metal case with pull-up lid, which holds 24 tubes of hypodermic and ophthalmic solutions and tablets. The tubes are secured by a push-up metal bar and lid to a separate compartment. The case has a contents list inside the lid but no labels to indicate the kit manufacturer. All of the tubes of solutions or tablets were manufactured by Felton, Grimwade and Duerdins Pty. Ltd., except for the Adrenalin .0003 tablets which were manufactured by Tromax Limited., Manufacturing Division of Sigma Co. Ltd. The larger tubes are secured by the metal bar and the smaller tubes are separated in an adjoining compartment in the case with an internal lid. The tube holding the Adrenalin .0006G and others are missing from the original set.

History of Object

This item was originally donated to the Victorian Branch of the Australian Medical Association. The A.M.A. donated its historical collection of documents and artifacts to the University of Melbourne's Medical History Museum in 1994.

Materials and Finishes

Metal, cotton-wool, paper, glass and contents.

References

Creator Australian Medical Association (Victoria Branch)
Date range c. 1944    Quantity 25 items ([case]: 14.3 x 5.5 cm; [tube, large]: 4.8 x 0.5 cm; [tube, small]: 2.8 x 0.5 cm)
Inventory Identifier MHM03944 Series 13
MHM03958 Case: pharmaceutic case and tubes of tablets, owned by Dr. H. Blaubaum
Front: "Dr. H. Blaubaum". Inside "Oppenheimer Son & Co. Ltd".
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Brief Description

Black pseudo-leather (linen), fold-out case with press-clip seal, containing 11 tubes of tablets. The cylindrical tubes are flattened at top and bottom ends, sealed with cork stoppers with black vulcanite lids and black on either orange, pink or green labels. The case was owned by Dr.H. Blaubaum.

History of Object

This item was originally donated to the Victorian Branch of the Australian Medical Association. The A.M.A. donated its historical collection of documents and artifacts to the University of Melbourne's Medical History Museum in 1994.

Materials and Finishes

Metal, linen, glass, vulcanite, paper, ink and tablets.

References

Creator Australian Medical Association (Victoria Branch)
Date range c. 1920 - 1949?    Quantity 12 items ([case]: 26.5 x 46.5 cm; [tube]: 8.4 x 1.5 cm)
Inventory Identifier MHM03958 Series 13
MHM04008 Case: Dr. Guy Springthorpe's medical case with equipment
On ophthalmoscope: "May Ophthalmoscope/Wappler Electric Co./New York. U.S.A./Pat. Dec.12.1916..." On auriscope: "Wappler E.C.Co./N.Y./[logo: eyes on either side of exclamation mark]/Pat. Nov.18.1910." On blood pressure kit: "'Tycos'/Sphygmomanometer..."

Brief Description

Dr. Guy Springthorpe's brown leather medical case with enclosed: ophthalmoscope/auriscope kit; case containing syringes, needles, tablets, eyedropper; thermometer; blood pressure kit; pencil; tape measure; letterhead paper and blank forms, "Mental Hygiene Acts Schedule 15"; remains of two stethoscopes; box of "Adrenalin Ampoules For Emergency Use Parke Davis & Co."; leather medical case.

History of Object

This item was originally donated to the Medical Society of Victoria (which later became part of the Victorian Branch of the Australian Medical Association). The A.M.A. donated its historical collection of documents and artifacts to the University of Melbourne's Medical History Museum in 1994.

This doctor's case and equipment originally belonged to Dr. Guy Springthorpe.

Materials and Finishes

Fabric, leather, leatherette, metal, glass, rubber and wood.

References

Creator Australian Medical Association (Victoria Branch)
Date range c. 1920 - c. 1970    Quantity 1 item ([not stated])
Inventory Identifier MHM04008 Series 13
MHM04100 Box: brass, Cingalese doctor's medical drug box
European numbers, e.g. "2", etc.
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Brief Description

Brass medicine box used by Cingalese doctor, believed to be c.1600s, although this date has not been substantiated. "Time" lock on lid of box with European numbers is broken. Medicine box originally had several compartments as indicated by markings on internal walls.

History of Object

This item was originally donated to the British Medical Association (which later became the Victorian Branch of the Australian Medical Association). The A.M.A. donated its historical collection of documents and artifacts to the University of Melbourne's Medical History Museum in 1994.

This item was originally donated to Sir James Barrett by Dr. Casey Wood; Sir JamesBarrett then donated the box to the British Medical Association in July 1938.

Materials and Finishes

Brass.

References

Creator Australian Medical Association (Victoria Branch)
Date range 1600? - 1700?    Quantity 1 item (4.8 x 12.8 x 6.6 cm)
Inventory Identifier MHM04100 Series 13
MHM04281 Case: Physician's Case, with seven compartments, fully equipped with medications, sphygmomanometer, papers, etc.

Brief Description

Black-grained leather medical case, used by Dr. Norman H. Hurse. Case has four fawn leatherette-faced and lined drawers with leather flap pulls. There is a compartment for blood pressure kit and one for medications. A pocket in the lid is provided for papers. Case has nickel-plated spring locks and a carry handle.

Includes numerous items: various ampoules, suture materials, blades, thermometer, various medications, specula, forceps, needles, hypodermic needles, gauze, sphygmomanometer, various pamphlets and articles.

History of Object

Materials and Finishes

Leather, leatherette, metal, paper, cardboard, glass, ribbon and contents.

References

See Supplementary File for contents list and further details.

Creator Hurse, Dr. N.H.
Date range c. 1940 - c. 1950    Quantity 1 item ([case]: 46.7 x 25.5 x 15.0 cm)
Inventory Identifier MHM04281 Series 13
MHM04382 First Aid Case: "Trafalgar"
"Trafalgar"; "Reg. Des. 36748." Grey cross in green circle, with "T/T/C Trafalgar" in centre.

Brief Description

Grey and red metal First Aid case which opens into two triangular sections. The upright section has a shelf with holes to contain six bottles of fluid and a lower compartmet; flat section is divided into four compartments. Case has a carry handle and spring-clip fastening.

History of Object

Naval supplies for First Aid Officer for supply ships (no doctor aboard).

Materials and Finishes

Metal, plastic, glass, plastic, metal, rubber, suede, wood and contents.

References

See Supplementary File for list of contents.

Creator Dawson-Grove, Mrs. J.A.
Date range 1939? - 1945?    Quantity 1 item (22.0 x 18.3 x 9.5 cm)
Inventory Identifier MHM04382 Series 13
MHM04383 First Aid Case: "Sanax"

Brief Description

Portable "Sanax" First Aid fibre case (for Forest Dug-Outs). Case is divided into compartments by metal-edged fibre strips, with a central lift-out section. Contents are as listed. Case is lockable, with carry handle on one side.

History of Object

Donated by Mr. Ivan Saxton.

Materials and Finishes

Fibre, metal, glass, cotton and contents (chemical).

References

See Supplementary File for list of contents.

Creator Saxton, Ivan
Date range c. 1930    Quantity 1 item (40.6 x 33.0 x 10.2 cm)
Inventory Identifier MHM04383 Series 13
MHM04428 Container, polished wood
Engraved on base, "2". Some pencil markings.

Brief Description

Polished light wood container shaped as thought designed to hold bottle or jar with long neck. Top unscrews from cylindrical base.

History of Object

From Harold Attwood's collection.

Materials and Finishes

Wood.

References

Creator Attwood, Alan
Quantity 1 item (10.5 x 5.4 cm) Inventory Identifier MHM04428 Series 13
MHM04489 Case: wooden, initialled case belonging to Wilfrid Leeming

Brief Description

Wooden carry-case, light stain, with metal clasps, leather handle and lid restraining straps and brass hinges. Lid has initials "W.L." painted on in gold lettering with black outline. Leatherette lining on inside of lid and base.

History of Object

Wilfrid Leeming (masseur) served with A.M.F. in England during 1914-18 war. Case possibly used to carry equipment and/or documents.

Gift from Maisie Leeming, daughter of Wilfrid Leeming.

See Accessory File.

Materials and Finishes

Wood, brass, leather, leatherette, metal and paint.

References

See Accessory File.

Creator Leeming, Miss Maisie
Quantity 1 item (40.4 x 28.3 x 13.0 cm) Inventory Identifier MHM04489 Series 13

Published by the Centre for the Study of Health and Society, December 2004
Listed by Ann Brothers, Kate Naughton, Louise Murray, Jessica Lo and Jessie Borrelle
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