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Mycheal Gybbons  My collections, medical/asylums/toys/teddys/dolls/keys/mourning jewelry/bones/old photos/my poetry/steampunk/Facebook group is Museum of Curiosities

New to my collection An antique Oris Heister mouth gag by C Ash & Sons of London dating to between 1902 and 1920, Mouth gags are devices used to hold the mouth open. In medicine, they were originally used for procedures and surgery in the mouth and throat, or for opening the mouths of patients who could not do so themselves.During anesthesia the muscles in the back of the mouth, throat and jaw relax, sometimes causing the airway to the lungs to become obstructed. Also, patients under light chloroform or ether anesthesia sometimes clenched their mouths closed as a normal reflex. For these reasons, mouth gags were sometimes used to keep the mouth and airway open and accessible during anesthesia. Their use for this purpose waned after better anesthetics, oral airways and endotracheal tubes came into practice. Also it and similar type mouth gags (sometimes wooden gags) were used to force feed patients who refused to take food in some hospitals and asylums and prisons including the suffragettes #orisheister #heister #heistergag #medicalhistory #antiquemedical #medicalantique #cabinetofcuriosities #histmed #historyofmedicine #medicalandcollectables #medicalcollectables #odditiesappreciation #cashandsons #medicaltools #surgicaltools #medicalinstruments #anethestisahistory #historyofanaethesia

A pair of antique nurses morphine syringes (1890-1920)
This is a "nurse's nickel plated hypodermic syringe" which would have been used for the administration of opiates (thus the pin that keeps it securely with medical staff) it has a metal plunger and solid metal barrel. A spare hypodermic needle (with a central wire to maintain patency) screws into the top of the plunger, this was the easiest way for them to secure opiods at the time. A lot quicker than keeping them locked in some room, they could stay with the nurse and still prevent most of the drug thefts that were common then.(information gratefully received from Justin aardvark on Facebook) #syringe #syringes #oldsyringe #oldsyringes #antiquesyringe #antiquesyringes #morphinesyringe #nursessyringe #nursinghistory #historyofnursing #medicalandcollectables #medicalcollectables #antiquemedical #medicalantique #histmed #medicalhistory #surgicalhistory #cabinetofcuriosities#historyofthesyringe #historyofsyringes #syringehistory

A few pieces of my mourning jewelry collection mainly Victorian but a edwardian piece in there also, seven of them contain or are made of human hair, one has photographs and one is missing the hair that used to be within it,
The popularity of mourning jewelry reached its peak after the death of Prince Albert, when Queen Victoria of England was saddened over the loss of her beloved husband. Her use of mourning  jewelry popularized the tradition throughout the era. In fact, in 1861, it became customary for widows to wear mourning jewelry after the loss of a husband, for a period of one to two years. However, Queen Victoria wore her mourning ring for the remainder of her life. Mourning jewelry was not just for women. Many men also wore mourning jewelry and macabre mementos in honor of their loved ones, usually in the form of cufflinks, lockets and pocket watch fobs #mourningjewellery #cabinetofcuriosities #mourningbrooch #mourningjewelry #momentomori #victorianjewelry #victorianjewellery #inmemoriam #inmemory #inmemoryof #mourninglocket #mourning #oddites #curiosity #antiquejewellery #antiquejewelry #oldjewellery #oldjewelry #cultofweird #odditiesappreciation #humanhairjewelry #humanhairjewellry

This is Rye-bena the vintage teddy who has a new bow who was rescued from the market the other day and is mid twentieth century in age #teddy #cuddlyteddy #teddybear #oldteddybears #theolddollshouse #teddies #vintageteddies #teddybearsofinstagram #stuffedbear #teddyhistory #historyofteddybear #toy #toys #cuddlytoy #historyoftoys #toyhistory #teddycollection #oldteddies #cute #adoreable

A collection of papers from the 1950s belonging to a RAF pilot called Brian Anthony Mort, including his medical inoculation certificates, a certificate of issue of a sten gun, his haig dance club membership, certificate of service, tax certificates, excess luggage receipts, letters to pen pals in Egypt and Jerusalem, negatives of photos of life on base, personal notes and memos and other documents all in all more than photographed here lots more a complete section of this man's life in the RAF #raf #rafhistory #militaryhistory #olddocuments #olddocument #oldwriting #vintagedocuments #fiftyshades_of_history #history #cabinetofcuriosities #briananthonymort #militarymedicine #fleamarketfinds #marketfind #oldpaperwork #vintagepaperwork #emphera #socialhistory

An unusual find on the market the other day was some Vintage letters / receipts for the purchase of the burial plot in Hyde (corporation of Hyde borough cemetery) and the burial of Thomas Parkinson who died in 1948 he purchased the plot in 1945 and was buried later, #cemetery #funeral #morbid #cabinetofcuriosities #mortality #death #hydeboroughcemetery #cemetery #graveyard #oddites #curiosity #cultofweird #oldlitrature #vintagelitrature #marketfinds #fleamarketfinds #grave

A set of drawings from a vintage autograph book from 1920/30s including Greta Garbo, Mickey mouse, bulldog Drummond and early Disney characters Harry horse, ronald rabbit,Minnie mouse, Walter wolf, Donald duck, Charlie chicken, pluto the pup, percy pig, Harriet hen #autographbook #gretagarbo #mickeymouse #percypig #harriethen #plutothepup #pluto #walterwolf #donaldduck #bulldogdrummond #charliechicken #minniemouse #disney #ronaldrabbit, harryhorse #artwork #art #drawings #oldbook #oldart #vintagecartoons #vintagedisney #vintagedrawings

The first old teddy bear that I collected, called Ted he was in need of a good home, being damaged on one foot and missing his fur, so I gave him a home and have added to his family ever since, not sure of his age but believe him to be a quite old piece #teddy #cuddlyteddy #teddybear #oldteddybear #vintageteddy #vintageteddybear #antiqueteddybear #antiqueteddy #oldtoy #oldtoys #vintagetoy #vintagetoys #antiquetoys #antiquetoy #theolddollshouse #antiquechildrenstoys #vintagechildrenstoys #oldchildrenstoys #teddyhistory #historyofteddybear #historyoftoys #toyhistory #teddycollection

An antique / vintage syringe marked 'A Schadel' has some very interesting needles initially I thought was a dental syringe but I've heard a possibility that it might be a hemorrhoid syringe #syringe #syringes #oldsyringe #oldsyringes #vintagesyringe #vintagesyringes #antiquesyringe #antiquesyringes #medicalandcollectables #medicalcollectables #cabinetofcuriosities #histmed #medicalhistory

1954 copy of the British Red Cross Society junior first aid manual 1st edition in perfect condition, a very interesting read, detailed first aid information yet illustrated for younger readers and what do we teach our children these days? #britishredcrosssociety #redcrosshistory #historyoftheredcross #redcross #firstaidhistory #medicalandcollectables #medicalcollectables #medicalbook #oldbook #vintagebook #oldlitrature #vintagelitrature #histmed #medicalhistory

Three vintage doyen abdominal retractors manufactured by thackray Leeds mainly used in abdominal obstetrician /gynaecological procedures such as abdominal hysterectomies, cesarean section deliveries, and procedures for ectopic pregnancies
A retractor is a surgical instrument used to separate the edges of a surgical incision or wound, or to hold back underlying  organs and tissues so that body parts under the incision may be accessed. The general term retractorusually describes a simple handheld steel tool possessing a curved, hooked, or angled blade and fitted with a comfortable handle, that when in place maintains the desired position of a given region of tissue #doyenretractor #abdominalretractor #thackrayleeds #surgicaltools #medicalcollectables #medicalandcollectables #surgicalhistory #historyofsurgery #surgicalinstruments #histmed #medicalhistory #surgicalretractor #medicaltools #medicalinstruments #surgical

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