Sir Hiram Maxim's 'Pipe of Peace', London, England, 1909-1910

Made:
1909-1910 in London
maker:
John Morgan Richards and Sons Limited

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One of two boxed sets of Maxim's inhaler, Sir Hiram Maxims "Pipe of Peace", with drug prepared by John Morgan Richards and Sons Ltd., London, 1909-1910

Hiram Maxim (1840-1916) is best known for the invention of the automatic machine gun. However, he also developed this inhaler, known as the ‘Pipe of Peace’. It was used to treat throat and chest problems such as bronchitis. Soothing vapours from water warmed with a few drops of 'Dirigo', made from Maxim’s own recipe, could be delivered right to the back of the throat via a long, swan-necked glass tube.

In this set, the drug is made by John Morgan Richards and Sons Ltd. As word of the effectiveness of Maxim’s invention spread, demand grew and eventually hundreds of thousands were sold in the early 1900s.

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Category:
Therapeutics
Object Number:
1981-982/1
Materials:
cloth, netting, glass, rubber
type:
inhaler
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
status:
Permanent collection

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