Clear glass shop round for Ether, England, 1801-1900

Made:
1801-1900 in England
maker:
Unknown

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Shop round, clear glass, for ether, English, 19th century

Made from clear glass, the label “SP: AETHER” etched into the side is abbreviated Latin for “Spirit of ether”. Ether was first used as an anaesthetic in 1842 and grew in popularity as it was a more effective anaesthetic than contemporary alternatives such as nitrous oxide. Vapours of ether were inhaled from a face mask or an ether-soaked sponge in an inhaler.

This shop round may have been owned by London-based chemists and druggists Savory and Moore (active 1794-1992).

Details

Category:
Medical Glass-ware
Object Number:
A632448
type:
shop round
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment