Breast and stomach pumps
In what can only be described as
'ancillary' medical mechanisms, we find examples of breast pumps for removal
of breast milk, and stomach and rectal pumps for irrigation and removal of
various liquids and solids in the intestinal track. On the quackery
side of medical practice are the electro-stimulation machines which come in
as many variations as the snake oil vendors could crank out.
|A breast pump: English c. 1870's in a
Mahogany box including hand blown glass milk jar and brass pump which attached to the
glass suction bell.
Note: Patent dates have
absolutely nothing to do with "when" an item was made. Yes, it tells you
the most likely earliest date the item was made, but not the latest.
An 1860s combination enema and stomach
pump in fitted and velvet-lined mahogany case. The set is complete and
original. The large brass pump retains a superb lacquer finish and is marked: EVANS
& Co. / 12 OLD FISH St. / St. PAULS / LONDON. There are two brass-fitted ivory
rectal pipes, both pieces of tubing (one an esophageal catheter), an ebony mouth gag, and
Apparently some of our English ancestors had pretty severe problems with the digestive
system indicating dietary habits which necessitated frequent enema induction. Enemas
were also used as a method of administering certain medications. Or, maybe they just
liked it. Who knows, but let's not go there.
An English set by S. Maw & Son and a
French set by Chardin for electrical stimulation machines used to cure various medical
problems during the mid and late 1800. Quackery or electro-therapy? The white
square in the lower photo is the top of a porcelain battery jar which would have contained
acid. A rare set. The upper English set has a Dolphin in the fly-wheel.