Schimmelbusch mask; Reed & Barton; Unknown; CR1980.140.1


Schimmelbusch mask

About this object

The Schimmelbusch mask is a device for delivering anesthetic. Invented in 1890 and used through to the 1950's. The mask has a wire frame and is covered with gauze. It is oval in shape to fit over nose and mouth. Chloroform or ether is dripped on to the gauze allowing the patient to breathe a mixture of air and anesthetic.


Reed & Barton

Maker Role


Date Made


Place Made

United States, Massachusetts, Taunton

Medium and Materials

Metal, stainless steel.
Cotton gauze

Inscription and Marks

Reed & Barton


a - H 60mm x L 120mm x W 80mm
b - H 30mm x L 140mm x W 76mm
c - L 165mm x W 160mm

Subject and Association Keywords

Health & medical equipment

Credit Line

From the Collection of the Cromwell Museum

Object Type

Health & medical equipment

Object number


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