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Bellows - Leather, circa 1900 Object Reg. No: SH 850356

Leather bellows circa 1900 used in a mental health hospital in Victoria Australia. Traditionally used to blow air in order to help ignite fires in fireplaces.
Bellows made of an orangey-brown leather and wood, with a rectangular handle at the base, and a `stepped', rounded square one attached to the top part of the bellows. A round wooden section is on top of the bellows. There is a hole near the side, and a short pipe protrudes nearby. There is also a larger hole in the centre, covered by a square wooden flap. The whole item is rough in texture. The leather is very stiff and coarse on the bellows, and very frayed and tattered around the circular upper wooden section.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Office of Psychiatric Services, 1985
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 21.00 cm (Height), 34.00 cm (Width), 20.50 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: hospitals, 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 - Institutional Life
Tertiary Classification: climate control
Place & Date Used: Victoria, Australia, circa 1900
References: Oral History

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