Ether machine


Accession Number: 2012.ihpst.16


This instrument includes. 2012.ihpst.16.a, 2012.ihpst.16.b, 2012.ihpst.16.c, 2012.ihpst.16.d, 2012.ihpst.16.e.

“2012.ihpst.16A: This is the main component of the machine and contains the motor, pump system and glass bottles from which the ether was administered. It consists of a metal bottle, an empty space for a metal bottle, a motor and piston system including rubber hoses and pressure/suction gausges, all resting upon a wooden base. Wrapped around (underneath) and secured to the base is a leather belt. The wooden base cointains an outlet for the power soucre to be connected to.

ihpst.16.b: Metal mask used for administering the ether.

ihpst.16.c: This component is the power source (likely a variable resistor) for the motor and pump component. It is a large black painted cyldiner with electrical wires and plugs attached to it that connect to the base of the pump component via an electrical outet.

ihpst.16D: Orange rubber hose attached to a rubber stopper which would have rested in missing bottle for suction.

ihpst.16E: Various unattached and broken pieces of orange rubber hose used in different areas of the pump/motor component”

Note: the detached tubes (2012.ihpst.16E) are not necessarily connected. They were likley detached to different compoonents of the machine. They have been bound together for preservation and cataloging purposes.”

Alternative Name:

Primary Materials:


1) plaque on motor – “”Skylar Noiseless Motor…J. Skylar Manufacturing Co. Brooklyn, N.Y.”", “”Type M,”" Serial 405″”
2) glass bottle – “”Ether”"
3) gauges – “”J. Skylar MFG. CO, Brooklyn, N.Y., SUCTION, US Gauge Co., N.Y.”" , “”J. Skylar MFG. CO, Brooklyn, N.Y., PRESSURE, US Gauge Co., N.Y.”"

1) on side of black cylinder – “”Victor”", Victory, Chicago”"
2) tag attached to cord – “”DO NOT REMOVE, Canadian Comstock Co. Ltd. Frequency Conversion Division”"”

Dimensions (cm):

2012.ihpst.16A: Height = 27 x Width = 26.5 x Length = 40 2012.ihpst.16B: Height = 12 x Diam = 29


This was a system for administering Diethyl ether to patients


poor – much disrepair and wear, corrosion, drying, broken and missing components, rusting, paint chipping, residue, dirt, scratches – see condition report for extensive detail

Associated Instruments:

Date of Manufacture: c. early 20th century


Donated to UTSIC: No

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