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Spittoon - Dr Dettweiler, circa 1910 Object Reg. No: SH 850198

Alternative Name(s): Sputum Bottle, Sputum Flask

Spittoon or sputum flask, manufactured by Dr Dettweiler, circa 1910. Used by patients in a mental health hospital in Victoria, Australia. Used for the collection of the bronchial secretions that come up after coughing.
Little pocket flask, egg-shape, deep blue glass with flat sides. Has flip-top lid, spring hinge operating on press-button. Inside is a funnel to let saliva pass through. Spittoon stands securely on the capsule. Rubber ring is fitted inside lid.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Office of Psychiatric Services
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 10.40 cm (Height), 2.00 cm (Width), 16.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: infectious diseases, psychiatric hospitals, public health, tuberculosis, making history - psych services
Themes this item is part of: Psychiatric Services Collection, Medicine in Society Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Mental Health - Clinical
Tertiary Classification: equipment
Inscriptions: GEHEIMRATA/Dr Dettweiler's/Taschenflasche/fur Hustende (on lid); Dr Dettweiler written on front and back; MSC on base.
Place & Date Used: Victoria, Australia, circa 1870
References: card


Ivo Posted on 27 Mar 2010 3:07 AM
Hi there.
Your dates on this item are slightly off. It was introduced in 1889 and has been in production until well in the 1920s, certainly at Holmegaard in Denmark and most probably in other places as well.
Discovery Centre Posted on 29 Mar 2010 12:55 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Ivo - Many thanks for sharing this information with us. We have forwarded your comments to the Curator of this museum collection for her interest.
DIANE Posted on 17 Apr 2015 2:13 PM
I have one of these but there is not the screw piece on the bottom. just the glass flask. is it older?

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