Motor car accident emergency case, England, 1891-1920

Made:
1891-1920 in England
maker:
Unknown

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Japanned tin motor car accident emergency case, black with red cross painted on corner, loop handle, containing bandages, dressings, brush, 4 glass bottles, all labelled, and glass ointment jar, English, 1891-1920

The motor car was a relatively new form of transport in England during the 1890s and was only available to the small minority who could afford one. Kept in a motor car in case of emergencies or accidents, this black metal case contains carron oil for burns, a court plaster, bandages, arnica for bruises and smelling salts to bring around someone who has fainted.

The first person killed in a car accident in Britain is believed to be Bridget Driscoll – struck down by a car giving demonstration rides in the grounds of the Crystal Palace in south London. Her death was subject to an inquest, during which the coroner stated that he “hoped such a thing would never happen again”.

Details

Category:
Therapeutics
Object Number:
A657844
Materials:
elastic, tin
type:
first aid kit
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • bandage
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
  • drug
  • herbal medicine

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