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Drip guards are also known as drip preventors, drip protectors or drip preventing sleeves. There is a mention  in advertising and on syringes of  the  ‘Coopers patent drip protector’, which was patented by Frederick Cooper of Handsworth (Patent 2643 1881). It is the short cup shaped preventer as seen in the first pictures below.  There is a patent by Alfred John Purser ins 1894 (GB189402561 10/11/1894). This patent relates to a means for preventing liquid from running down the outside of the syringe and recognises that the guard also catches any liquid leaking behind the piston and out through the air vent.  The longer one is the ‘Pursers’ patent.  The longer guards also help prevent damage to the barrel. Rarely drip guard can be bound with string to make a soft handle.  There is an unusual configuration where the drip guard starts part way down the barrel and the air vent connect via a pipe to the drip guard. Holders for additional nozzles and nozzle caps are often fixed to the drip guards.

Drip Guards

Smaller drip guards can be build into the barrel end cap.

Originally bound with a brass coloured string.

The pictures on the left show the drip guard removed from the barrel. Note the air vent in the barrel (centre) which would normally be hidden by the drip guard .  In this syringe the barrel end cap (plunger cap)  screws onto the drip guard . The drip guard illustrated here tapers slightly so that it is wider at the mouth allowing space between it and the barrel. At the other where it is soldered to the barrel it is a snug fit. The Purser syringe below has the drip guard part way down the barrel, with the air vent connected to it via a pipe.