Summary

Cylindrical brass and copper compressed air sprayer for garden or home maintenance use, labelled 'Dron-Wal', no.5/P.

Used as a prop in the 'House Secrets' exhibition at Scienceworks, 6 March 2006 to 14 July 2013. Most of the props for the exhibition were sourced from opportunity shops in 2002 and 2003 by curator Andi Horvarth and other Museum Victoria staff. 'House Secrets' aimed to 'Explore the science behind all the familiar things in our homes', presenting 'all sorts of wonderful things we might find around the home, from the food we eat, to the appliances we use, to the animals we share our living space with.' The exhibition was 'highly interactive'.

Physical Description

Cylindrical brass and copper vessel with side handle. Top has upward-pointing spout with release lever at end, and black wood handle on pumping shaft. Applied label on two sides - one a manufacturer's label, the other use instruction: 'DO NOT FILL ABOVE THIS LEVEL'.

More Information

  • Collecting Areas

    Home & Community, Working Life & Trades

  • Acquisition Information

    Transfer from Exhibition Collection Management (ECM), Museum Victoria, Dr Andrea Horvath - Museum Victoria, 23/6/2003

  • Manufacturer

    Philip B. Waldron Co., Kings Road, Tyseley, Birmingham, England, post 1940
    Date based on first date that Bhilip Waldron was involved with the company. The style suggests that the sprayer was probably made within a decade of that date, or slightly later if it continued the style for longer.

  • Inscriptions

    Label on side: 'DRON-WAL / REGISTERED TRADE MARK / THE EMBLEM OF QUALITY FOR / SPRAYERS, SYRINGES / AND LIME WASHING MACHINES / OF EVERY DESCRIPTION / No.5/P / WASH OUT AFTER USE AND OIL / THE PUMP FREQUENTLY / BRITISH MADE / THE SERVICE CASTINGS Co. Ltd. / INC. / THE PHILIP B. WALDRON Co. / KINGS ROAD, TYSELEY, BIRMINGHAM.11...'

  • Classification

    Trades, Carpentry & woodworking, Power tools

  • Category

    History & Technology

  • Discipline

    History

  • Type of item

    Object

  • References

    'Philip B Waldron Ltd (Dronwal)', [Link 1] accessed 11 Aug 2015

  • Keywords

    Home Maintenance, Gardening, Museum History