Alternative Name(s): Sputum Bottle, Sputum Flask

Spittoon or sputum flask, manufactured by Dr Dettweiler, circa 1910. Used by patients in a mental health hospital in Victoria, Australia. Used for the collection of the bronchial secretions that come up after coughing.

Physical Description

Pocket flask, egg-shape, deep blue glass with flat sides. Has flip-top lid, spring hinge operating on press-button. Inside is a funnel to let saliva pass through. Spittoon stands securely on the capsule. Rubber ring is fitted inside lid.


Example of medical equipment used at Victorian mental health hospitals, circa 1910.

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