Trephine with bit attached

Made:
1780-1820 in Strasbourg
maker:
Lichtenberger

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Trephine, steel and ebony, by Lichtenberger of Strasbourg, 1780-1820, from Hamonic collection

Attached to the trephine is a bit for drilling into the skull during trephination. The bit can be removed and replaced by unlocking the clip on the handle. The brace, made by Lictenberger, has an ornate handle, common for 1700s design. It is made of ebony and steel, both hard-wearing materials suitable for the difficult job of drilling through bone. Made by Lictenberger of Strasbourg, Austria, this trephine was was collected by Henry Wellcome from the private collection of Noel Hamonic (active 1850-1928). Two collections were purchased; one of surgical instruments in June 1928 for £4,400 and one of pharmacy items in July 1928 for £803.

Details

Category:
Surgery
Object Number:
A121741
Materials:
ebony, steel
type:
trephine
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • surgical equipment
  • surgical instrument
credit:
Hamonic Collection

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