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Accession ID : IN2007.42

Document type: Nursing Museum Instrument
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Description Stainless steel tray with 2 round and 2 triangular bowls. Cotton wool was kept in the triangular bowls and sterile water kept in the round bowls. These were used to clean the nipples before breast feeding. The lid is missing.
Marks by Maker Paramount
Materials Stainless steel
Item Dates up to the 1960s
Importance National
Significance note CDU Nursing Museum [Catalogue Number IN042 / Instrument Box 3] This round tray with 2 small round and 2 triangular bowls was sterilised on the ward and cotton wool placed in the triangular bowls and sterile water in the round bowls. Women were instructed to clean their nipples prior to breast feeding. These cleaning sets were part of the standard practice for care of the nipples in post-natal wards up to the 1970s. They were fiddly and usually looked pretty messy after a couple of uses. Being so small the stock of cotton wool and water rarely lasted more than a couple of feeds. The maker’s mark is Paramount. This stainless steel set is incomplete as the lid is missing. It stands 3cm high with a diameter of 10.5cm and is in good condition with no evidence of rust. This item is hardly unique and would be represented in many other nursing/midwifery collections. For local information of past midwifery practice however, it is highly representative.
Location Status Stored
Current Location Instrument Box 3
Condition of Item on Receipt Fair/Used
Related Item see item marked I 42
Dimensions height 3cm, diameter 10.5cm
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