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Vernon & Co. (Preston, England)
The Vernaid bandage : registered design no. 710438 : approved by Sir James Cantlie. K.B.E., F.R.C.S. / V. & Co. Ltd.
Made in England : V. & Co., [1925]
Physical Description:
1 printed bandage : muslin ; 60 x 130 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Textiles 19a
Yale Center for British Art, Friends of British Art Fund
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Bandages such as this were introduced as a way to quickly communicate critical information in an emergency, and first came to prominent use on the battlefield, a lightweight, practical and potentially lifesaving accessory for any soldier. Originally invented in Switzerland, the triangular bandage was popularized by Friederich von Esmarch (1823-1908), Surgeon General of the German Army during the Franco-Prussian war. Able to be folded in multiple configurations, the triangular bandage served to cover injuries on nearly any part of the body as well as serve as an arm sling. They later found use in industrial and manufacturing environments, with early examples including scenes of what to do in medical emergencies, for example in mines, or on board ships. By the early twentieth century, first-aid organizations in England, including the British Red Cross and St. John Ambulance Association, produced their own versions of the instructional triangular bandage.
"... the registered design number 710438 ... dates this example to 1925, but the first 'Vernaid Bandage' design endorsed by Sir James Cantlie was probably pre-First World War in origin."--Imperial War Museum.
Triangular bandage produced by Vernon & Co., printed with a series of 18 images to illustrate how it should be used to treat a variety of first-aid emergencies, such as stabilizing broken limbs through the application of splints. The bandage includes an endorsement from James Cantlie (1851-1926), a Scottish physician and pioneer in the field of first aid.
Subject Terms:
Bandages and bandaging.
First aid in illness and injury.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Medical care -- Great Britain.
Cloth prints.
Printed textile materials.
Cantlie, James, 1851-1926.

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