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Atomiser, De Vilbiss

From the Collection of Geoffrey Kaye Museum of Anaesthetic History ANZCA House 630 St Kilda Road Melbourne Victoria

Description
Red, heavy cardboard box with manufacturer's label at one end, containing a glass bottle with metal spray attachment, and a khaki rubber bulb for pumping liquid through the atomiser.
Size
6.5 x 6.5 x 19 [cardboard box]
Object Registration
3113
Keywords
atomiser, local anaesthetic
Historical information
Dr. Allen De Vilbiss (1841-1917) of Toledo, Ohio, developed his first atomiser around 1887. This device was designed to allow for dissolving cocaine, as a local anaesthetic agent, in oil, and spraying into the nose and throat. In the early to mid 20th Century, The DeVilbiss Company began making perfume atomisers instead of medical ones.

When Made
Circa 1910
Inscriptions & Markings
Stamped into top of metal atomiser: DE VILBISS TOLEDO USA
Last updated
26 Nov 2018 at 2:43PM