Amputation saw, London, England, 1823-1829

Made:
1823-1829 in Strand
maker:
Weiss, John
Amputation saw by Weiss, c. 1850.  Full view, one side, reflective grey background.

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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.

Details

Category:
Surgery
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A38397
Materials:
blade, steel, frame, steel and handle, vulcanite
Measurements:
blade: 254 mm x 64 mm,
type:
amputation saw
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • surgical equipment
  • surgical instrument
  • surgical saw