Antique German medical instrument hygiene tool Vaginal Douche by Docteur Eguisier pump from late 19th. century. French origin, with original sign at front ''System Eguisier '' (Systime du Docteur Eguisier) awarded with medal of honor from 1849 Exposition. The pump made of pewter alloy metal operating spring loaded piston mechanism working with winding crank and tap.
One of the most common contraceptive methods in the 19th century was the vaginal douche, 'Irrigateur Eguisier'. It consisted of a cylindrical supply vessel made out of metal or porcellan, from which a rinsing fluid would pass through a controllable pump system to a hose. Thanks to the pump mechanism, the douche was independent of gravity and water pressure was easily controlled.
This douche/rinsing apparatus was presented in 1843 by Parisian doctor Maurice Eguisier (1813-1851) and medical technician François Libault. It was designed for all bodily orifices, providing a rinse for the bladder, the ear, the sinuses and the intestines, among other things. It quickly established itself as a vaginal douche.