British swords, hat, and tin box for an officer of the Indian Medical Service (I.M.S.)

The sword with the steel hilt is a Pattern 1895 Infantry Officer’s Sword. The sword with the brass hilt is a pattern 1845/54 Infantry Officer’s Sword. Medical officers used the same regulation sword pattern as infantry officers.

British identified tin shipping container measuring 40-½" x 10-½" x 13" with 17 personal items. Top of the container has unreadable name and old shipping tag. Handle on both sides and lock on the front. Interior having maker’s tag: Bartel & Co. Tin container has several large dents, paint loss, scratches and an old shipping label that is wearing off; included within is a leather Sam Brown style belt with sword hangers, a black and silver military belt with interlocking crown and lion belt buckle with sword hangers, a military belt with missing buckle and cartridge box with cypher, two extra leather scabbards, an officer’s straight blade sword, blade is 32-½" long with a total length of 38-½" marked “E. Thurkle Soho, London”. Blade with one fuller, etched with British crown, cypher and leaves. Brass hilt with crown and cypher. Fish skin grip and wire. Steel scabbard with two hanging rings and drag; a sword with 39" straight blade with one fuller, from the same maker E. Thurkle. Blade etched with British crown and cypher, pierced hilt with British crown and cypher, leather and wire grip; a bag of souvenirs, a bag of helmet parts, a bag of plumes and military buttons, an empty can of table salt, an empty tin of cigarettes, a small box with two silk sashes, a 20th century officer’s hat with bullion crown and lion, chin strap, red lining and sweat pan, maker’s stamp on lining that is hard to read and a receipt in an envelope from a military tailor dated August 21, 1890.


The real highlight of my New Years was finding an ozone machine…  The bottom photo was taken about a minute after flipping the power switch, the gas inside the tubes slowly was going plasma (or whatever it is when a neon light lights up), and I could smell the ozone being produced. The price on the tag is $500 and I can definitely say this one worked. You can see in the first photo where the manufacturer label plate had been… and it was Underwriters’ Laboratory listed as a safe electrical device!

I don’t have a full explanation of what these were for – my grandfather had one that he’d put his feet on when he felt his circulation was poor – but a century ago (and into the 1940s) the theory was that exposure to ozone had some health benefits. There are still a few companies making similar products, just without the nice tubes, to clean the air or do whatever it was that folks in the early 1900s thought ozone generators could do for them. These machines are generally accepted as pseudo-science and quackery.

Les Miserables Christmas Headcanons
  • Every year Combeferre and Courfeyrac send out themed Christmas cards. This year’s theme was X-Files
  • Marius and Cosette include all of their dogs in their Christmas card
  • jbm have the most Christmas-y house out of anyone. It’s absolutely covered with lights, have a giant tree that doesn’t completely fit, and decorations everywhere
  • Enjolras considers drinking peppermint coffee to be in the Christmas spirit
  • Grantaire wraps everyone’s presents in plain wrapping paper and then decorates them so that each person has personalized wrapping paper
  • Marius can’t wrap presents to save his life so he just puts everything in bags
  • Eponine wears ugly Christmas sweaters every day in December
  • Jehan always gets people the weirdest (but best) presents. Combeferre once got a set of antique medical equipment
  • Joly’s hot chocolate is 50% hot chocolate and 50% marshmallow 
  • Bahorel buys his dogs Christmas costumes
  • Courfeyrac and Combeferre have gotten into passionate arguments about whether A Nightmare Before Christmas is a Christmas movie
  • They all spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day together and watch Christmas movies the entire time and Feuilly bakes everyone cookies and everyone is happy and absolutely no one is dead

Secretis Mulierum…
Albertus Magnus
Amsterdam [1655]

De secretis mulierum, popular throughout the late middle ages and into modern times. The Secrets deals with human reproduction and was written to instruct celibate medieval monks on the facts of life and some of the ways of the universe.

10 things I wish residents/patients knew

1. Pulling every call light in your room won’t make us move any faster. Be patient.
2. Everyone always has to go to the bathroom at the same time so again, be patient. We are aware you have to go.
3. Be as independent as you can for as long as you can because you will miss the little things when we have to do it all for you. Ex. Buttoning your shirt or brushing your hair.
4. 98% of the time we will be short help so I apologize in advance if I rush you or feel rushed. It’s not you, it’s me.
5. You will fall even if we do everything we can to prevent it.
6. I will be there to patch you up and hold you when you do.
7. Tell us about your family and your childhood. It’s more interesting to us than you think.
8. I know lifts aren’t ideal, but neither is having my back replaced at 25 so bare with me.
9. I will sit with you if you’re afraid to die alone and cry for you if your family doesn’t when you pass away.
10. You make me a better person. Stubborn or not. I know it isn’t easy to need help, but I’m thankful you let me help you anyway.


The “Ladies’ Note-Book and Calendar” from 1909 feature a Gibson haired Edwardian woman on the cover. Compliments of the World’s Dispensary Medical Association in Buffalo, New York. The booklet is 32-pages long and contains advertisements for Dr. Pierce’s various medicines and medical testimony from satisfied ladies as well as a 1909 calendar with room for making notes.