995.4.5: Sterilizer, 1920-1940

Additional Images

995.4.5: Sterilizer.
Image No. 3981 ; Photographer: Helen Kingsley

Object Description

Small heating sterilizer with an electrical heating element in the base. Two aperture covers are situated on the lid and can be pivoted to one side by a pin handle to accommodate a test tube. A removable perforated tray hangs on hooks attached to the inside of the lid. On the underside, in relief, is 'AMERICAN SUNDRIES Co BROOKLYN. N.Y. PATENTS PENDING'. Incomplete, the electrical connecting lead and the rubber pads from all four legs are missing.

Object Classification

Accession Number: 995.4.5
Collection: Nursing & Physician Furnishings/Sundries
Date: 1920-1940

Object Dimensions

  • Height: 10 cm
  • Width: 16 cm
  • Depth: 12 cm

Object Parts

  • a) Sterilizer
  • b) Tray

Object Materials

  • chrome plate,
  • copper alloy,
  • hard rubber,
  • plating,
  • porcelain

Acquisition Detail

  • Manufacturer: American Sundries Co. Inc.
  • Owner: Dr. Andrew Davidson
  • History of Use: Used mainly as a needle sterilizer. Used by Dr. Andrew Davidson [1885-1972] a military doctor [Captain] and a noted dermatologist who served in both WW1 and WW2. He served in France as an officer [Captain] for the Royal Army Medical Corps (1915-1917) and in the Canadian Army Medical Corps (1917-1919), specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of venereal and skin diseases. In 1939, he returned to active military service with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel and was involved in the institution of the PULHEMS system. This is a system for classification of soldiers, the acronym stands for: P – physical capacity, U – upper extremity, L – locomotion, H – hearing, E – eyesight, M – mental capacity, S – stability of emotions., After the war, Dr. Davidson moved from Winnipeg to Vancouver, where he was in practice in association with his son, Dr. Kenneth Davidson. In 1947, Dr. Davidson was elected as the founding president of the Canadian Dermatological Association, and was a winner of the Sabouraud Medal for research in dermatology.