993.1113.1: Breast Suction Pump Set, 1840-1870

Additional Images

993.1113.1: Breast Suction Pump Set. Cased breast pump with glass and brass fitted breast cup with separate attaching brass pump
Image No. 1290 Cased breast pump with glass and brass fitted breast cup with separate attaching brass pump; Photographer: Helen Kingsley

Object Description

A breast suction pump in green velvet lined box consisting of brass suction pump with piston rod, which has an ivory thumb rest and leather clad plunger base, which screws onto glass breast suction cup. Small oblong brass plaque on lid of box, lock plate and hook catches.

Object Classification

Accession Number: 993.1113.1
Collection: Gynaecology/Obstetrics/Contraception
Date: 1840-1870

Object Dimensions

  • Length: 10.5 cm
  • Height: 7 cm
  • Width: 10.5 cm

Object Parts

  • a) Lined case with plaque, lock plate and catch hooks
  • b) Suction cup with red fixative holding fitting
  • c) Screw cap for suction cup brass fitting
  • d) Pump cylinder
  • e) Piston rod

Object Materials

  • brass,
  • glass,
  • ivory,
  • lacquer,
  • leather,
  • velvet,
  • wood

Acquisition Detail

  • Owner: Dr. Charles William Covernton
  • History of Use: Probably belonged to donor, Dr. C.C. Covernton's great grandfather, Dr. Charles William Covernton, who graduated from Edinburgh c.1830. He moved to Simco Ont. 1836. He later moved to Toronto and became one of the 1st President of the Ont. Med. Assoc. 1881-1882.