A fine mid 19th century antique enema in pewter and brass, emblazoned around a royal crest with: “Invented and manufactured by Hilliard and Chapman Queen’s Glasgow”.
Hilliard and Chapman were renowned for producing quality medical equipment throughout Scotland and worldwide. They became the first Scottish firm to be awarded a medal at London’s International Exhibition in 1862, and also won prizes at London in 1881 and in Glasgow in 1883.
They were famous not only for their royal connections, but also for producing instruments used by the pioneering medical missionary and explorer Dr David Livingstone. This particular instrument was called a tropical enema because it was made without rubber tubing which used to rot in humid conditions.