One of our former village doctors has had this inhaler in his possession for at least 40 years. He recently passed it to the museum.
This is a lovely ceramic item with a cork and glass breathing tube. The writing on it explains all.
So this is Dr Nelson’s improved inhaler and its function seems to be to make people breathe hot steam.
The item is British made by Burleigh Ironstone of Staffordshire.
Dr Nelson invented this inhaler in the 1860s but it is hard to date the item because they can still be bought new. Singers might use them to hydrate the vocal flaps.
However, we know ours has some antiquity as well as the required local connection.