Ophthalmic instrument set, Paris, France, 1801-1815

Made:
1801-1815 in Paris
maker:
Grangeret

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Ophthalmic instrument set cased, incomplete but of fine workmanship, by Grangeret, Paris, 1801-1815, with some additions, 45, rue des St. Peris

Used for surgery on the eye, the instruments in this fine set are made from silver and steel with ivory, ebony or mother of pearl handles. Many of the blades are marked with the name “Grangeret”, a surgical instrument maker working in Paris from 1790 to 1835. Some of the original instruments have been replaced by later designs by other surgical instrument makers.

The instrument set was purchased by Henry Wellcome in June 1928 as part of the private collection of Noel Hamonic (active 1850-1928). Sold for £4,400, the collection consisted mainly of surgical instruments.

Details

Category:
Surgery
Object Number:
A121488
Materials:
case, silver, case, walnut, instruments, ivory, instruments, silver, instruments, steel and lining, velvet
Measurements:
overall (open): 286 mm x 375 mm x 268 mm, 4.42 kg
overall (closed): 81 mm x 375 mm x 239 mm, 4.42 kg
type:
ophthalmic instrument set
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • ophthalmic equipment
  • ophthalmic instrument
credit:
Hamonic Collection