Nurses Leather Chatelaine set with instruments
Another of these rare surviving pieces of Nursing equipment from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. A Nurses chatelaine set of equipment in a leather case.These 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 brown leather case with apertures to fit the instruments.
In this case are; A Stainless steel tongue depressor with makers mark for Blackwell .
a brass metal tube(empty)possibly for a wound probe.
A brass metal tube containing a mercury thermometer, graded in Fahrenheit.Branded 1/2 minute J Cumming MPS Chemist Crewe.
A pair of steel nursing scissors, with one sharp point and one rounded point marked ----field & Co Sheffield
A brass cased glass pulse timer
I estimate that this example dates to around the late 1890s.In good condition overall however one leather strap is worn and frayed .The metal loop for attaching it to the belt is in good condition.
Another 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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