Leatherette injection kit

1901-1910 in Paris

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Injection kit, including 7 ampoules, some labelled, supplied by Marius Fraisse and Co., Paris, French, c. 1905. Matt
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Leatherette first aid serum kit, including 7 glass ampoules of drug preparations, missing syringe and cocaine ampoule. 22 mm x 122 mm x 82 mm, .08kg. Ampoules contain: Ether, spartine, ergotinine, camphorated oil, caffeine and morphine. Supplied by Marius Fraisse and Co., Paris, French, c. 1905.

This first aid kit contains a number of ampoules filled with liquid. Each coloured glass corresponds to a different liquid so they were easy to identify in an emergency. The blue glass contains caffeine, which was believed to relieve pain. The white glass contains ether, a popular anaesthetic. ‘Ergotine’ in the yellow ampoule was used to control heavy bleeding. The camphorated oil was used to help soothe bruises, aches and pains. All the liquids were to be given by injection.

Unfortunately the syringe is missing, along with the purple ampoule of cocaine used as a local anaesthetic.


Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Object Number:
caffeine, camphorated oil, cardboard, cotton (textile), ergotinine, ether pur, glass, incomplete, leather, leatherette, morphine, paper (fibre product) and spartine
ampoule: 90 mm
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
  • vessel
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • medical instrument
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