Tufnell-type model ambulance, England, 1850-1900

Made:
1850-1900 in England
maker:
Unknown
Model ambulance, of Tuffnel, wood, from Royal Army Medical College, English, 1820-1900. Full 3/4 view, side of cart. Model ambulance, of Tuffnel, wood, from Royal Army Medical College, English, 1820-1900. Full 3/4 view, back of cart.

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Model ambulance, of Tuffnel, wood, from Royal Army Medical College, English, 1820-1900. Full 3/4 view, side of cart.
Science Museum Group Collection
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Model ambulance, of Tuffnel, wood, from Royal Army Medical College, English, 1820-1900. Full 3/4 view, back of cart.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Model ambulance, of Tuffnell, wood, from Royal Army Medical College, English, 1820-1900

Thomas J Tufnell (1819-1885), a military surgeon, invented this ambulance in the 1850s, drawing on his own battle experiences. The ambulance could transport six men sitting up and one man lying down or three lying down and three sitting up. The ambulance was pulled by either men or horses and could be easily transported over the roughest terrain thanks to the springs on the wheels. A light covering could be placed over the top, protecting patients from the rain.

Details

Category:
Nursing & Hospital Furnishings
Object Number:
A639521
Materials:
fittings, iron, frame, mahogany and stretchers, canvas
type:
model - representation
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • vehicle - transportation
  • land vehicle
  • emergency vehicle
  • visual and verbal communication
credit:
Fitzgerald-Powell, W.I.