993.1115.1: Aspirator, Potain's, Set, 1871-1920

Additional Images

993.1115.1: Aspirator, Potain's, Set.
Image No. 4136 ; Photographer: Helen Kingsley

Object Description

Mahogany hinged case containing a Pontain's aspirator set: a syringe with heraldic arms in relief with 'MATTHEWS CAREY STREET LINCOLNS INN LONDON' in relief below; two tubes both with a male and a female connector end; a two-way potain's aspirating stopcock with a cork and rubber bung; three needles, slip-on, regular point, with one needle having a wire inner canula. Case dimensions given.

Object Classification

Accession Number: 993.1115.1
Collection: Surgery, General
Date: 1871-1920

Object Dimensions

  • Length: 22.1 cm
  • Height: 4 cm
  • Width: 14 cm

Object Parts

  • a) Syringe
  • b) Potain's aspirating stopcock
  • c) Tube with a male and a female connector end
  • d) Tube with a male and a female connector end
  • e) Needle
  • f) Needle
  • g) Needle with wire canula
  • h) Case
  • i) Bung
  • j) Bung

Object Materials

  • copper alloy,
  • cork,
  • cotton wool,
  • glass,
  • lacquer,
  • mahogany,
  • rubber,
  • steel,
  • wood

Acquisition Detail

  • Manufacturer: Matthews
  • History of Use: The instrument was used by Dr. Charles William Covernton [1813-1901], who graduated from Edinburgh c.1830. He emigrated to Ontario in 1836 and later moved to Toronto and became one of the 1st Presidents of the Ontario Medical Association [1881-1882]. And/or may have been used by his grandson Dr. Charles Fredrick Covernton [1879-1958] who moved to Vancouver in 1909 where he set up an Obstetric and Pediatric practice 1910-1950 with an office in the Birks Building, 718 Granville Street, Vancouver. From 1936 to 1941, he was the head of the pediatrics service of the Vancouver General Hospital.