Two oxygen cylinders in wooden case, Germany, 1914-1918

Made:
1914-1918 in Berlin
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Oxygen cylinders, 8, in pairs, in 4 wooden cases, German, probably 1st World War. Image of single box, closed.
Science Museum Group Collection
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Oxygen cylinders, 8, in pairs, in 4 wooden cases, German, probably 1st World War. Detail view, cylinders half out of
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Science Museum Group
The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

2 Oxygen cylinders, in wooden case, German, probably 1st World War

Inside these two gas cylinders was highly pressurised oxygen which has only recently been removed (for safety reasons). The cylinders are from a set of eight that were supplied to the German Army during the First World War.

The oxygen was probably inhaled through a face mask by a patient undergoing surgery or by a soldier with breathing difficulties because of a gas attack.

Details

Category:
Therapeutics
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A629919/1
Materials:
cotton (textile), metal and wood
type:
gas cylinder