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Vapo-Cresolene Spirit Lamp Box

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There are several examples from history of medical instruments that claimed to cure a plethora of ailments. One such instrument was the Vapo-Cresolene Spirit Lamp. To treat a variety of respiratory disorders, including asthma and bronchitis, one would light the lamp filled with kerosene and place it under the vaporiser cup. The cup would then be filled with cresolene, which would gradually be vaporised into the surrounding atmosphere. Many lamps were sold and can often be found as ornamental pieces in homes.

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There are several examples from history of medical instruments that claimed to cure a plethora of ailments. One such instrument was the Vapo-Cresolene Spirit Lamp. To treat a variety of respiratory disorders, including asthma and bronchitis, one would light the lamp filled with kerosene and place it under the vaporiser cup. The cup would then be filled with cresolene, which would gradually be vaporised into the surrounding atmosphere. Many lamps were sold and can often be found as ornamental pieces in homes.

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Veedee Massager

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Manufactured by G.E.Garrette of London, the Massager comes in a purple velvet-lined box, with attachments (including cup and ball), polishing cloth and oil.
There is a handy instruction booklet – The Veedee and How To Use It which gives detailed guidance on how the instrument can cure or relieve a wide range of conditions, from cold and headache, to digestion problems and hysteria. The booklet informs us that it can be used for “curative vibration, vibratory massage, nerve stimulation and blood circulation.” There are also chapters that claim it can be used to enhance beauty, treating baldness, double chins and wrinkles.

Originally purchased for Dr R. Booth's great aunt who had multiple sclerosis and lived in Edinburgh. The massager was purchased from J.C. Pottage, photographic chemist and optician, Edinburgh.

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G.E.Garrette, London.

Date

c. 1903

Identifier

2000/6

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Length: 37.5 cm

Materials

Glass; metal; velvet; wood

Description

Manufactured by G.E.Garrette of London, the Massager comes in a purple velvet-lined box, with attachments (including cup and ball), polishing cloth and oil.
There is a handy instruction booklet – The Veedee and How To Use It which gives detailed guidance on how the instrument can cure or relieve a wide range of conditions, from cold and headache, to digestion problems and hysteria. The booklet informs us that it can be used for “curative vibration, vibratory massage, nerve stimulation and blood circulation.” There are also chapters that claim it can be used to enhance beauty, treating baldness, double chins and wrinkles.

Originally purchased for Dr R. Booth's great aunt who had multiple sclerosis and lived in Edinburgh. The massager was purchased from J.C. Pottage, photographic chemist and optician, Edinburgh.

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Vapo-Cresolene Spirit Lamp

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A patented Phenol vapouriser in the form of a stand containing a kerosene lamp with a shallow metal evaporator held above the flame. Liquid evaporated is 97% pure Phenol.

There are several examples from history of medical instruments that claimed to cure a plethora of ailments. One such instrument was the Vapo-Cresolene Spirit Lamp. To treat a variety of respiratory disorders, including asthma and bronchitis, one would light the lamp filled with kerosene and place it under the vaporiser cup. The cup would then be filled with cresolene, which would gradually be vaporised into the surrounding atmosphere. Many lamps were sold and can often be found as ornamental pieces in homes.

Creator

Vapo-Cresolene Company

Date

c. 1890-1920

Identifier

2006/7.2

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15.5 x 7.2 cm

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metal

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A patented Phenol vapouriser in the form of a stand containing a kerosene lamp with a shallow metal evaporator held above the flame. Liquid evaporated is 97% pure Phenol.

There are several examples from history of medical instruments that claimed to cure a plethora of ailments. One such instrument was the Vapo-Cresolene Spirit Lamp. To treat a variety of respiratory disorders, including asthma and bronchitis, one would light the lamp filled with kerosene and place it under the vaporiser cup. The cup would then be filled with cresolene, which would gradually be vaporised into the surrounding atmosphere. Many lamps were sold and can often be found as ornamental pieces in homes.

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