Amputation saw, London, England, 1823-1829

1823-1829 in Strand
Weiss, John

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Amputation saw by Weiss, c. 1850. Full view, one side, reflective grey background.
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Amputation saw by Weiss, c. 1850, 62, The Strand

Despite resembling a carpentry saw and being less ornate than some earlier devices, this saw still provided a good environment in which germs could thrive. John Weiss was a surgical instrument maker based in the Strand, London, an ideal location from which to supply the nearby teaching hospitals with instruments and equipment. The company began in 1787 and still exists today as John Weiss & Sons, part of the Haag-Streit Group of manufacturing companies. It now specialises in ophthalmic instruments.


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blade, steel, frame, steel and handle, vulcanite
blade: 254 mm x 64 mm,
amputation saw
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • surgical equipment
  • surgical instrument
  • surgical saw

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