Brass fumigator, Spain, 1801-1900

Made:
1801-1900 in Spain
maker:
Unknown

Creative Commons LicenseThis image is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 Licence

Buy this image as a print 

License this image for commercial use at Science and Society Picture Library

Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Circular brass fumigator, perforated, with stemmed base and scroll handle, lid hinged, Spanish, probably 19th century

Sweet smelling herbs and plants were set alight inside this brass fumigator and the smoke given off was used to purify and disinfect the air around the person carrying the torch. It is based on the miasma theory, the idea that disease was caused by bad smells in the air from rotting animal matter, human waste and stagnant water. This theory of disease also appeared to give an explanation for why rubbish strewn poor areas with bad sanitation were more at risk from disease. This fumigator was probably made in Spain.

Details

Category:
Nursing & Hospital Furnishings
Object Number:
A118588
type:
fumigator
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
credit:
Gonzales & Barran & Vindel, P. & Maroto, L
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

Cite this page

Rights

We encourage the use and reuse of our collection data.


Data in the title, made, maker and details fields are released under Creative Commons Zero


Descriptions and all other text content are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 licence

Using our data

Download

Download catalogue entry as json

Download manifest IIIF

Our records are constantly being enhanced and improved, but please note that we cannot guarantee the accuracy of any information shown on this website.