Depicted is a high-end antique hypodermic syringe fabriqué par la maison Mathieu.
This silver and glass syringe is marked Mathieu on the barrel. The piston rod is fitted with an adjustable ring that coincides with numbered volume markers, used to control the amount of drug administered. The leather plunger is intact. Three threaded needles and a medication vial accompany the set. The syringe fastens onto the medication vial via a thread-mount system. Once connected, medication can be drawn into the syringe. The wire inside the case lid is used to keep the needles clean and patent. The velvet-lined wood and leather case is bound with silver-plated metal. The inside of the case is marked Mathieu 113 BoulD St Germain, Paris. An 1881 article in La Lancette français: Gazette des Hopitaux Civils et Militaires (p. 415) places la Maison Mathieu at this address. The letters A. T. are embossed into the top of the leather case.
- From the Lusignan syringe collection