993.178.1: Haemoglobinometer, 1920-1929

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993.178.1: Haemoglobinometer. 'The Dare Hemoglobinometer' in case, c.1920's
Image No. 146 'The Dare Hemoglobinometer' in case, c.1920's; Photographer: Helen Kingsley

Object Description

'The Dare Hemoglobinometer' in case with 'New Dare Hemoglobinometer' leaflet. The instrument consists of: measuring apparatus with a revolving scale standardized to 16 grams to which a telescopic tube with screw-on eye piece attaches, battery handle with light source attachment, candle with bracket and holder, spare lamp, 2 piece lancet. The instrument name and manufacturer's information is printed in gold lettering on the inside lid of the case reading 'The Dare hemoglobinometer, made and guaranteed by Rieker Instrument Co., Philadelphia, Pa., U.S.A.' and 'The Dare hemoglobinometer' is printed in gold lettering on external lid surface.

Object Classification

Accession Number: 993.178.1
Collection: Diagnostic, Clinical
Date: 1920-1929

Object Dimensions

  • Length: 23 cm
  • Height: 5.7 cm
  • Width: 16.5 cm

Object Parts

  • a) Hinged case lined with green velvet
  • b) Measuring apparatus
  • c) Telescopic tube with inner sliding tube
  • d) Screw-on eye piece with glass lens
  • e) Battery handle and light source attachment
  • f) Candle held in bracket
  • g) Candle holder
  • h) Lamp
  • i) 2 part lancet
  • j) Leaflet

Object Materials

  • chrome plate,
  • copper alloy,
  • filament,
  • glass,
  • leatherette,
  • metal,
  • paper,
  • printing ink,
  • steel,
  • unidentified coating,
  • velvet,
  • wax,
  • wood

Acquisition Detail

  • Manufacturer: Rieker Instrument Co.
  • Patent Country: U.S.Patent Date: 1922-04-01
  • Owner: Dr. Donald H. Paterson
  • History of Use: Dr. Donald Paterson [1890-1968] a pioneer and leader in paediatrics. In 1946 he founded the Health Centre for Children in Vancouver and in 1954 was a founding member of the Board of the B.C. Association for Retarded Children. 'The Dare Hemoglobinometer' was a handheld instrument used to detect anemia in patients when doctors made house calls.