Amputation set in metal case, c. 1900
Made from nickel and chrome plated steel, this set of surgical instruments includes a large amputation saw, amputation knives and hooks to remove blood clots. The instruments are set out in two trays, all of which can be easily sterilised in boiling water.
The set was made after aseptic and antiseptic surgical techniques had come into common practice. Prior to that, instruments were often highly decorated and made of materials that ensured that they were almost impossible to clean thoroughly.