First field dressing in ring pull packet

1916 in Chicago
Bauer and Black

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First field dressing, in pull-ring packet, by Bauer and Black of Chicago, for U.S. Army, gauze in tin, 1916

Soldiers of nearly all the nations involved in the First World War would be expected to carry a so-called First Field Dressing or an equivalent. This was a basic emergency first aid kit consisting of a length of gauze, a small bandage pad, a safety pin and an ampoule of iodine (later replaced by a mild antiseptic). The kit was carried in a waterproof cover. This example is in a tin can which was opened with a ring pull and is of the type used by the United States Army during the First World War.

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Object Number:
A196512 Pt28
gauze, incomplete and tin (metal)
first field dressing
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
  • vessel
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • dressings
Wellcome Trust

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