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Ambson ear syringe

Item details

Object number M-953
Manufacturer Ambson
Place United Kingdom
Date 1900s
Category Syringes


In 1821 the French otologist Jean Marc Itard irrigated the ear canal to remove hard wax, by using a syringe prototype designed for enemas which was made from tin and brass. This glass and cork ear syringe was manufactured by the Ambson Company in the United Kingdom, about eighty years afterwards. Its lightweight properties would have been ideal for application to the sensitive regions of the ear canal.