Portable alcohol burner

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Titles Portable alcohol burner
Description Portable alcohol burner for heating surgical instruments in order to cauterize wounds in the field. The burner is made of tinned iron with a brass button catch. It opens flat with a reservoir and cloth tape wick in one half and two folding brass supports in the other. The brass stand would support the instrument handle while the blade was held about two inches above the flame. The inside of the burner is stamped "E.P. / PARIS". It was used during the Civil War by Captain William Moore Leyde of the 1st Minnesota Heavy Artillery, Company B, as a camp stove or lantern.
Quantity 1 item
Format Content Category: artifacts
Measurements 3 inches length
2 1/4 inches width
1 1/2 inches depth
6 inches length open
2 1/4 inches width open
2 1/4 inches height open
Nomenclature flat wick burner
Materials tinned iron
brass (alloy)
cloth
Subjects Used by: United States, Army, Minnesota Heavy Artillery Regiment, 1st (1864-1865), Company B
Owned/used by: Leyde, Captain William Moore
Used in: Civil War, 1861-1865
Used in: Minnesota, United States
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Equipment and supplies.
Military. 1861-1865 (Civil & Indian Wars). Equipment & Supplies
Medicine. Medical Equipment & Supplies. Surgical Equipment & Supplies
Household. Heating & Cooling. Stoves for Heating
Dates Use: Not earlier than 1861 - Not later than 1865 (Civil War)
Notes This is an example of a personal effect used during the U.S. Civil War.

Holding Type 3D Objects
Identifiers 61.93 (Accession Number)

User Comments

  • Jon Amies on January 27, 2013 06:31:56 AM
    I have a similar one to this (brass) and I believe it came from France. There are other parts on the one I have. There are two loose semi- circles of brass metal on either side of the wick presumably to control the size of the flame. There is also a tight fitting metal cap which fits over the elevated rim, enabling the flame to be extinguished, and is tight enough to prevent the alcohol seeping out which the device was in transit. I wonder if it was also used to heated metal to quaterize smaller wound. An ingenious device
  • Glenville tucker on May 29, 2020 03:58:35 PM
    I have the same, mine is silver on outside . clad all around by Fredrick Bradford Mc.crea dated London 1898, in excellent condition.

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