Nurses Leather Chatelaine set with instruments,W.H Bailey & Sons
A rare 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 apertures to fit the instruments.
In this case are a pair of metal forceps and pair of steel scissors.A small (silver?) catheter.A steel and glass pulse timer for 30 seconds.A metal container with a "Boots"glass mercury thermometer graded in Fahrenheit.
A Stainless steel tongue depressor with makers mark for W H Bailey & Son Oxford Street .
I estimate that this example dates to around 1900.In fair condition overall however one leather strap is broken and it is missing a leather securing strap for the flap .The metal loop for attaching it to the belt is ornately engraved but I am unable to decipher the letters,presumably the original owner?
A rare and original item of great interest to the Nurse Historian or re-enactor.These seldom come onto the market and command high prices, especially in the US.
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