Seven kidney dishes, 1900-1950

1900-1950 in England

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Seven white enamelled iron kidney dishes, various sizes, unsigned, from St. Bernards Hospital, English, 1900-1950; Label reads "Goat Brand. Registered Trade Mark. Made in England". One dish is inscribed "Theatre" and one dish is marked "Kockmus Sweden" which is the name of a Swedish company.

These kidney dishes were used to hold instruments, medical waste and dressings during surgery. One of the kidney dishes has the word ‘THEATRE’ painted on. They are called kidney dishes because of their shape – they can easily fit close in to a patient’s body. These examples are made from enamel and iron and were used at St Bernard’s Hospital in England, once known as the Hanwell Lunatic Asylum. The largest dish is 357 mm long, weighing 0.46 kg; the smallest is 198 mm long and weighs 0.18kg. One dish is marked ‘Kockmus’, which is the name of a Swedish company.


Nursing & Hospital Furnishings
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enamel and iron
kidney dish: 47 mm x 251 mm x 125 mm, .29kg
overall weight: 2.45kg
kidney dish
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
St. Bernard's Hospital