993.1007.1: Tongue Depressor, 1891-1940

Additional Images

993.1007.1: Tongue Depressor. Folding tongue depressor
Image No. 2737 Folding tongue depressor; Photographer: Helen Kingsley

Object Description

Folding tongue depressor with two fenestrated ends. Manufacturer's trademark [serpent entwined around a staff with crown (Rod of Asclepius)] stamped into surface.

Object Classification

Accession Number: 993.1007.1
Collection: Diagnostic, Clinical
Date: 1891-1940

Object Dimensions

  • Length: 7.9 cm
  • Width: 2.5 cm

Object Parts

Object Materials

  • metal,
  • plating

Acquisition Detail

  • Manufacturer: Jetter & Scheerer
  • Owner: Dr. James C. Farish
  • History of Use: Used by Dr. James C. Farish [1865-1952], born in Liverpool, Nova Scotia. Dr. Farish moved to New Westminster B.C. in 1898 taking a position as ship's doctor on the S.S. Tartar, during the Klondike gold rush. After studying eye, ear, nose and throat techniques at Chicago, he returned to Vancouver in 1901 where he became one of the leading eye, ears, nose and throat specialists, and established the practice he maintained until 1941 when he retired.