White 'fish kettle' steriliser, England, 1910-1950

Made:
1910-1950 in England
maker:
Unknown
White enamelled iron "fish kettle" sterilizer, with handles and lid, English, 1910-1950. Full view, graduated grey

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White enamelled iron "fish kettle" sterilizer, with handles and lid, English, 1910-1950. Full view, graduated grey
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White enamelled iron sterilizer 'fish kettle', with handles and lid, English, 1910-1950

This item was used to make instruments germ-free by boiling with water for ten minutes. It was used in surgery as a simple, cheaper alternative to a steriliser. It was a standard item in many hospitals. The long, shallow, enamelled iron pan is called a ‘fish kettle’ as it is can also be used to cook, bake or roast fish. The enamel layer makes it easy to wash out after use.

Details

Category:
Nursing & Hospital Furnishings
Object Number:
1988-600
Materials:
enamel and iron
type:
steriliser
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
credit:
Farnborough Hospital