Mystery Object – Wakefield


courtesy of Wakefield Council

This object is in the collection of Wakefield museum.
What is it ?
How does it relate to the history of medicine?

submitted by Ann Ferguson and John Whitaker

Posted in medical history, Quiz.


  1. Yes Martyn, the black tips are curare. The next questions are;
    1 What was the function of the wheel on the right?
    2 How were they used?
    3 Who brought them back from Guiana?

  2. Was the wheel some way of administering the curare? Charles Waterton travelled to British Guiana and brought curare back from there.

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