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Leather Nurses Chatelaine Set ,S Maw & Sons.A scarce survivor of,what was once,a basic piece of Nursing equipment,mainly a Nurses chatelaine set of equipment in a leather case.They were widespread from the Mid Victorian era up until just after the First World War.Worn suspended from a nurses belt these would contain the nurses tools of her trade of the time .The contents could vary slightly but this is a fairly typical example.
It consists of a leather case with adjustable apertures to fit the tools.In this case a Stainless steel tongue depressor.A screw top(Bakelite type) container with a glass mercury thermometer graded in Fahrenheit.A pair of steel forceps and a steel and glass pulse timer for 30 seconds.
I estimate that this example dates to around 1914-18.In very good condition overall .The metal loop for attaching it to the belt is ornately engraved with the Initials BLL,presumably the original owner?
A rare and original item of great interest to the Nurse Historian or re-enactor. Please ask for any further details or pictures.
Original Enamelled Door Plate, XRAY DEPT.A nice original door plate sign reading XRAY DEPT. I believe this may have come from the old Friern Mental Hospital when it closed in 1993. In very good condition. height 50mm width 72mm
Nurses 15 Second Pulse timerA nurses pulse timer dating to around the First World War period
It consists of the glass egg timer calibrated for 15 seconds within a base metal protective cover.This has a small attachment to the lid allowing it to fixed to a chain and worn from the belt.
Prior to the availability of cheap watches this would have been part of the Nurses basic equipment fro recording observations.Length 75mm
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