Studio photo of a young girl wearing a pair of prosthetic legs. The legs were manufactured by James Gillingham, a boot and shoemaker based in Chard, Somerset.
A copy of the inhaler by dentist William Thomas Green Morton. Used in his public demonstration, which took place in Boston, Massachusetts.
The air is drawn into the glass jar where ether-soaked sponges emit vapour, which is inhaled by the patient through the glass mouthpiece at the top. The patient’s expired air is diverted by a valve in the mouthpiece. This type of inhaler was widely used and adapted by a large number of dentists.
"Based on a standard cutlery design, these forks have been adapted for use in an early private psychiatric institution. They are not associated with a specific asylum, but are stamped with the maker’s name, W. B. Thompson of London…The steel forks were created with special prongs joined close to the top. Users could pierce food, but not seriously damage themselves or others.”