Pocket inhaler, London, England, 1901-1918

Made:
1901-1918 in London
maker:
S Maw, Son & Sons

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Glass and rubber pocket inhaler with empty glass bottle, made by Maw, in case, with accessory, London

The rubber bungs were placed up the nose to inhale menthol from the glass bottle. Menthol is a peppermint-scented natural oil used as a pain reliever and to unblock the nose. It is taken to treat common colds and flu. The inhaler comes with a bottle for menthol and fits into a pocket-sized case. The inhaler was made by S Maw & Son and could be bought at most pharmacies. This example was originally purchased from a pharmacy in Kensington, London.

Details

Category:
Therapeutics
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A629349
Materials:
case, cardboard, case, leather, covered, inhaler, glass, inhaler, paper and inhaler, rubber
type:
inhaler
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment