It is unusual to find this old medicinal DeVilbiss atomizer in its original box with the original instructions enclosed! The atomizer is in a red box with off-white lettering that reads “DeVilbiss” on the top. Each end of the box reads “DeVilbiss Atomizer No. 127, Water, Oil, Hospital, Home Use.” The cardboard insert reads “DeVilbiss” and the instructions are complete with illustrations “based on X-Ray research.”
It is unpleasant to imagine using the contraption inside for its intended use as a nose and throat sprayer. The 3-3/4 inch long dual metal tubes attach to a gold-colored nozzle at one end and a large, black, rubber squeeze bulb at the other. The atomizer is attached to the clear glass bottle with a metal cap.
The atomizer is 7-3/4 inches long and angles upward to about 3-1/4 inch high. The bell-shaped glass bottle is 1-1/2 inches tall, 2-3/4 inches with the metal cap, and 2-inches in diameter at the base. The box is 8-1/4 inches long by 3-3/4 inches wide and 2-inches tall.
Manufactured circa the 1920s to 1940s, the rubber bulb is embossed with “DeVilbiss” in the double band that circles the bulb. The metal cap is engraved with “DeVilbiss No. 127.” I find no marks on the glass.
There is dried, brown, liquid residue within the glass bottle, and all parts show some of the accumulated grime of use and age. The rubber bulb shows some of the cracks of old rubber and is in its naturally inflated shape, though one side is slightly flattened. I am reluctant to squeeze it, but I doubt that it is in working order. The original box also shows wear and age with creases and stains, but there are no major tears. The paper instructions and information flyer is fragile, yellow, and stained, but can be read in its entirety.
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