Hypodermic Syringe

Hypodermic Syringe

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Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Syringe Kit
syringe kit
Other Terms
Syringe Kit; Hypodermic
date made
ca 1850
used date (as used by Dr. Edgar J. Farwell)
1864-1876
Physical Description
glass (barrel material)
ivory (plunger material)
leather (barrel material)
metal (needles(2) material)
metal (plunger material)
metal (tip, screw material)
Measurements
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
MG.M-09936
catalog number
M-09936
accession number
238320
Credit Line
Katherine T. Hotchkiss
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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