Bow-frame amputation saw, Europe, 1701-1800

Made:
1701-1800 in Europe

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Small, bow-frame amputation saw, from the Hamonic collection, c.1750, gilt frame and ivory handle

This amputation saw is typical of designs from the 1700s. The blade is held by locking nuts and it has a gilt frame and an ivory handle with ridges for improved grip. Unfortunately for patients, these decorative features provided an ideal environment in which germs could thrive.

Details

Category:
Surgery
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A121434
Materials:
blade, steel, frame, gilt and handle, ivory
type:
amputation saw
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • surgical equipment
  • surgical instrument
  • surgical saw