Kits, blood pressure; A C Cossor & Son (Surgical) Ltd.; 20th century; CT4091


Kits, blood pressure

About this object

Blood pressure kits; two kits, each consisting of a long wooden box with dovetailed corners and a hinged lid. The box is varnished and is secured with a metal clasp. Inside, a pressure gauge is attached to the inside of the lid, at the base of this a long, black rubber tube attaches to the armlet, which in turn is attached by a rubber tube to a rubber pressure ball.
Also contained within the kits is an instruction sheet for cleaning the pressure gauge, and in only one of the kits a pamphlet titled: 'Instructions for taking blood pressure' printed by E T Heron & Co Ltd, London and Essex.
The kits were manufactured in England by A C Cossor & Son (Surgical) Ltd under the brand name Accoson. This company was founded in 1859 by Charles Alfred Cossor, and is still active today, manufacturing blood pressure kits - otherwise known as sphygmomanometers.


A C Cossor & Son (Surgical) Ltd.

Maker Role


Date Made

20th century

Place Made

Europe, United Kingdom, England, Greater London, London

Medium and Materials

organic, vegetal, wood; organic, vegetal, plant extract, latex, rubber; processed material, glass; processed material, metal; processed material, paper.

Inscription and Marks

On a metal maker's plate: 'BLOOD PRESSURE STANDARD / ACCOSON / INST NO / 120894 / MADE IN ENGLAND'


h 64mm x l 368mm x w 127mm (each)

Subject and Association Keywords

medicine, practise of medicine

Credit Line

From the collection of Owaka Museum Wahi Kahuika The Meeting Place "a rest on your journey"

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