Display set of six safety pins, England, 1910-1937

Made:
1910-1937 in London
maker:
Down Bros Limited

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Display set of 6 safety pins by Down Bros. Ltd., English, 1910-1957

The modern safety pin was invented in the United States in 1849. Over time, safety pins became a standard, everyday tool for hospital nurses – for example to secure bandages and nappies.

The display set of six steel safety pins may have been used to advertise the products of the maker, Down Bros Ltd, a surgical instrument manufacturer based in London and in business from 1874 until the 1940s.

Details

Category:
Surgery
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A270592
Materials:
display card, paper and whole, brass (nickel plated)
type:
safety pin
credit:
Drew, G.