Portable Irrigator “Injecteur Americain”

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A French apparatus for personal irrigation from the turn of the 20th century the “Injecteur Americain”.

When stood in a bowl of water, pressure on the sprung pump would direct water through the filter at the bottom, along the rubber tubing (now vulcanised) and nozzle to the required destination. These were common household items and this example as can be seen from both the tin box decorated with a fetching art nouveaux design and the name itself, it was becoming less something to hide away and was marketed as something of a fashion accessory. They would have been used largely for vaginal irrigation but there were two different shaped ivory nozzles and it had a dual purpose as an enema.

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