Horsley-type skull saw, London, England, 1900-1926

1900-1926 in London
Krohne and Sesemann

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Horsley's skull saw, nickel-plated with stainless steel blade, c.1930, by Krohne and Sesemann

The saw was used to cut open the skull and access the brain. It was invented by Sir Victor Horsley (1857-1916), an English surgeon and physiologist who pioneered the discipline of neurosurgery in the late 1800s. It has a nickel plated handle and a stainless steel blade. The handle is especially moulded to fit into the surgeon’s hand. The name of the makers, Krohne & Sesemann, is punched on to the blade.


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blade, steel, frame, nickel-plated and frame, steel
skull saw
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • surgical equipment
  • surgical instrument
  • surgical saw

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