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94/91/1 Cervical dilator, sea-tangle tent, seaweed / glass / sterile solution / possibly cotton, maker unknown, Germany, probably 1930-1945. Click to enlarge.

Cervical dilator

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Cervical dilator, sea-tangle tent, seaweed / [cotton] wadding / glass / sterile solution, maker unknown, Germany, [1930-1945]

Glass phial, containing brown laminaria stick with string attached. At one end of phial is white (cotton?) wadding presumably for packing. At the other end is sterile solution (unidentified) seperated from the laminaria stick by white wadding. A small amount of solution is in the section containing the stick. Green writing printed on the phial is in German and reads …

Summary

Object No.

94/91/1

Object Statement

Cervical dilator, sea-tangle tent, seaweed / glass / sterile solution / possibly cotton, maker unknown, Germany, probably 1930-1945

Physical Description

Cervical dilator, sea-tangle tent, seaweed / [cotton] wadding / glass / sterile solution, maker unknown, Germany, [1930-1945]

Glass phial, containing brown laminaria stick with string attached. At one end of phial is white (cotton?) wadding presumably for packing. At the other end is sterile solution (unidentified) seperated from the laminaria stick by white wadding. A small amount of solution is in the section containing the stick. Green writing printed on the phial is in German and reads 'LAMINARIA KOHL/ 8 cm lang/ ....kommen stern/ B.BRAUN. MELSUNGEN'. Translates to 'laminaria stick/ 8cm long/ .... star/ B.Braun in Melsungen (name of city/locality)'

Marks

No marks

Dimensions

Height

155 mm

Width

13 mm

Depth

13 mm

Production

Probably made

  • 1930-1945

Notes

Had been in possession of the donor since the mid to late 1940's

History

Notes

Devised in the mid 19th century, Laminaria tents were used until the 1930s to dilate the cervix and induce labour or produce an abortion. They are made from pieces of the stem of the sea weed (sea-tangle) Laminaria from Scotland. Dried out, the lengths of stem remain strong and elastic, but they shrink enormously. Inserted into a body cavity, they absorb moisture and swell to their original size
The donor states that she found a large number of these phials when she was working as a nurse in the women's ward of a large municipal hospital in Berlin "in the early post war years".

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs Rose Scheimann, 1994

Acquisition Date

12 April 1994

Cite this Object

Harvard

Cervical dilator 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 16 October 2021, <https://ma.as/141926>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/141926 |title=Cervical dilator |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=16 October 2021 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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