Most people are afraid of needles, especially old ones! But according to the American Association for the History of Nursing, Inc. (AAHN), old syringes are considered collectibles. The AAHN says: “Early in the 20th century, nurses, who were primarily private-duty nurses, owned their own syringe sets. It was not unusual for graduating nurses to be given a syringe set as a graduating gift. These may have been marked with a pharmaceutical company name, and in some schools, was a gift from the physicians.” Glass syringes in a plastic case kit are one known variation on the classic metal syringe kit.