Inhaler, Doctor Nelson's Improved; Burleigh Ironstone; 1950-1990; WY.1996.59.43
Inhaler, Doctor Nelson's ImprovedAbout this object
This is a Doctor Nelson's Improved Inhaler. It features an air inlet spout and an opening at the top to add hot fluids and drugs to the inhaler. Once added, a cork with a glass mouth piece is placed in the neck of the inhaler. The patient inhaled the steam directly as it emerged from the glass funnel. Infusions such as friar's basalm or oils such as eucalyptus were placed in the inhaler and boiling water poured over them.
A wide range of inhalers were available and the Nelson type, first invented between 1861 and 1865, was one of the most popular and enduring. The inhaler was still commonly used throughout the twentieth century and on occasion is still used in the twenty first.
This inhaler is part of the Wyndham United Friendly Dispensary collection.
inorganic, processed material, ceramic
organic, processed material, vegetal, bark, cork
Handwritten in black on bottom: 'WY 96 59'Measurements
h 160 mm x dia 110 mmSubject and Association Keywords
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