Name/TitleWooden Midwifery Anaesthesia Rack with Glass Bottles
About this objectThe rack was once part of a midwifery bag, a.k.a. a 'Midders' bag, which was carried for use for expectant mothers in the SE1 area.
The long varnished wood strip had hollowed areas to hold a set of glass bottles and was carried within the base of a leather Midwifery case. The bags were fitted with a separate holding with a small flap to one side of the base that could be opened from outside and allowed it to be pulled outward and to be completely removable.
The rack holds small glass bottles (a-f):
a) An ovate sectioned brown glass shop bottle with a matching closure and moulded lettering "2 oz". The bottle has the distinctive double loop, or 'rabbits ear' style dropper closure with a side cone that allowed a midwife to release anaesthetic ether or chloroform very slowly onto an inhaler mask.
b,c) Two cylindrical clear glass bottle bottles with matching closures
d,e) Two cylindrical clear glass bottle bottles iwith rregular walling, (e) has a matching glass closure with square grip
f) A small clear glass bottle with a moulded label: "Lanedales' Concentrated Medicinal Cinnamon". The bottle would have held a liquid cinnamon solution that was used against nausea.
The set was donated with a Doctor's Urinary Testing Kit , appartus set within a wooden rack (object number 2018:002(a-r)) which was also used in the area local to the Museum.
Medium and MaterialsWood, glass
Subject and Association KeywordsObstetrics
Object TypeWooden Rack: Midwifery Anaesthesia
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