tools, bee keepers smoker; Pender Bros Ltd; 1930?; RX.2018.200

Name/Title

tools, bee keepers smoker

About this object

Bee keepers smoker.

(information from Wikipedia)

The fact that smoke calms bees has been known since ancient times; however, the scientific explanation was unknown until the 20th century and is still not fully understood. Smoke masks alarm pheromones which include various chemicals, e.g., isopentyl acetate that are released by guard bees or bees that are injured during a beekeeper's inspection. The smoke creates an opportunity for the beekeeper to open the beehive and work while the colony's defensive response is interrupted. In addition, smoke initiates a feeding response in anticipation of possible hive abandonment due to fire.

Smoke is of limited use with a swarm, partly because swarms have no honey stores to feed on. It is usually not needed, either, since swarms tend to be less defensive as they have no home to defend, and a fresh swarm will have fed well at the hive it left behind.

Maker

Pender Bros Ltd

Maker Role

Manufacturer

Date Made

1930?

Period

1930s

Place Made

Oceania, Australia, New South Wales, Sydney

Place Notes

Same item was donated to the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in Australia for education purposes by Pender Bros in 1931. Factory in West Maitland.

Medium and Materials

processed material, metal
organic, vegetal, wood
processed material, leather

Inscription and Marks

PENDER BROS LTD
MAKERS
WEST MAITLAND

Measurements

l 230mm x w 260mm x d 120mm
wt 742g

Object Type

occupation-based equipment

Object number

RX.2018.200

Copyright Licence  

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