Eguisier pumps were perhaps the most successful devices for douching and enemas introduced in France during the 19th century, as evidenced by the frequency with which examples come up for sale on the Internet and in auctions today. Of those examples that do surface the vast majority (95%+) are made from pewter, some with an orange wash. We do also less frequently see porcelain examples, typically white with a blue stripe or with sprigs of flowers and insects. Then there are those with more elaborate decoration, of which the one on offer is an example; these may include as subjects anything from railroad trains to amorous couples. We’ve even owned one with lacquered chinoiserie decoration. The example on offer may be truly unique with its painting of two small children at play, one with a balloon, the other with a parachute-like toy. The back of the cylinder has floral decoration The porcelain is in excellent condition and the pump mechanism works well. The metal mountings do show evidence of use. Height 9″ or 22.5 cm, with handle in horizontal position.
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Michael and Roberta Gordon have been dealing in medical and dental antiques for more than four decades. They have helped build a number of major private collections and have contributed to the holdings of many museums. They also deal in other scientific and technology related items, including calculating instruments, office machines, patent models and wine-related accessories such as corkscrews. ROBERTA GORDON IS A SKILLED RESTORER WHO CAN HELP YOU WITH ANY INSTRUMENTS AND CASES THAT NEED ATTENTION. Feel free to contact them for details at: [email protected] or 718-541-5974