Name/TitleCollapsible Schimmelbusch Anaesthetic Mask
About this objectA Shimmelbusch inhaler mask frame that has been wrapped with muslin to make it fit softly and cushion to the face. The frame wire was raised and a piece of muslin cloth was placed over the cross bar section to create a tent. The mask was held by the tab small handle so that the patient's mouth and nose were enclosed. Either ether or chloroform was dropped from a bottle onto the fabric in a circular motion, at a measured pace to induce unconsciousness. This design was introduced in 1989 by Curt Schimmelbusch (1860-1895) who added a curved wider edge to earlier fixed wire mask designs and made them easierto carry in a case. Without the muslin, the rim was designed to act as a trough to collect the surplus liquid, rather than allowing it to drip and possibly cause any burning to the patient's face.
Maker RoleDesigner of the instrument
Medium and MaterialsElectroplated steel
Object TypeMask: Schimmelbusch
Copyright LicenceAll rights reserved