Anti-mosquito spray gun

Made:
1914-1918 in Liverpool

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Anti-mosquito spray gun, metal, by R. Sumner and Co. of Liverpool, 1914-1918

Mosquitoes are not only a nuisance but, from the late 1890s, were known to carry the disease malaria. It is possible that this copper and brass spray gun was used during the First World War to protect soldiers from mosquitoes. It was made by R Sumner and Co, a surgical instrument maker and chemist located in Liverpool, England.

Details

Category:
Public Health & Hygiene
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A652314
Materials:
copper and steel
type:
spray gun
credit:
Loan, Wellcome Trust