Hypodermic Syringe

Hypodermic Syringe

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Early hypodermic syringe with ivory handle and two needles in a wooden case. The "Dr. E. J. Farwell" signature on a small piece of paper refers to Edgar John Farwell (1839-1876), a physician who received his medical degree from the University of Vermont, and might have learned about hypodermic syringes while serving as a surgeon in the U.S. Army during the Civil War. After the war, Farwell practiced medicine in Dorset, Vermont. So too did. Sylvester Mason (1815-1873), a graduate of the Vermont Medical College, and an early owner of this syringe.
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Object Name
Syringe Kit
syringe kit
Other Terms
Syringe Kit; Hypodermic
date made
ca 1850
used date (as used by Dr. Edgar J. Farwell)
Physical Description
glass (barrel material)
ivory (plunger material)
leather (barrel material)
metal (needles(2) material)
metal (plunger material)
metal (tip, screw material)
overall: 1 1/4 in x 3 in x 1 5/8 in; 3.175 cm x 7.62 cm x 4.1275 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Katherine T. Hotchkiss
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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