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Mattson combination syringe

Item details

Object number M-557
Manufacturer Mattsons
Place United Kingdom
Date 1870s
Category Syringes


This boxed set was made somewhere about 1880 and lacks the bulb that would have been in the empty oval in the box. The nozzles are made from vulcanite, a very hard form of rubber that was first made in the 1850s. The original bulb would have been made from red rubber which, unfortunately, is a material that perishes easily.  This is not a syringe of the type that we know. The various nozzles would screw into the bulb and would have served a number of different purposes. Syringes of this type were available at least until the1950s and were used for enemas and to syringe ears.