Bow-frame amputation saw, Europe, 1601-1700

Made:
1601-1700 in Europe

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Amputation saw, bow-frame, ornate handle from Hamonic conection, c.1650

This amputation saw is typical of designs from the 1600s. The blade is held by locking nuts and it has an ornate frame and a mahogany handle in the shape of an animal. Unfortunately for patients, these decorative features provided an ideal environment in which germs could thrive. The saw was purchased from the private collection of Noel Hamonic (active 1850-1928) by Henry Wellcome in 1928.

Details

Category:
Surgery
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A121431
Materials:
blade, steel, frame, steel and handle, mahogany
type:
amputation saw
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • surgical equipment
  • surgical instrument
  • surgical saw
credit:
Hamonic Collection