Operating table

Made:
1914-1918 in Munich and England
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Operating table, folding, adjustable in three sections
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Operating table, folding, adjustable in three sections
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Operating table, folding, adjustable in three sections
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Operating table, folding, adjustable in three sections
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Operating table, folding, adjustable in three sections
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Operating table, folding, adjustable in three sections
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Operating table, folding, adjustable in three sections
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Operating table, folding, adjustable in three sections
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Operating table, folding, adjustable in three sections
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Operating table, folding, adjustable in three sections
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Operating table, folding, adjustable in three sections
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Operating table, folding, adjustable in three sections
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Operating table, folding, adjustable in three sections
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Operating table, folding, adjustable in three sections
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Operating table, folding, adjustable in three sections
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Operating table, folding, adjustable in three sections
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Foldable metal operating table, in three adjustable sections, made by C. Stiefenhofer, a medical instrument supplier in Munich, Germany, for the German military but likely to have been requisitioned by allied forces and re-used in a British medical facility during the First World War, 1914-1918.

Sturdy but flexible, this metal operating table consists of three sections, the top and bottom parts of which can be adjusted into number of different positions to support a patient. The three sections along which the table legs can also be folded up for ease of transport. The lattice-like structure reduces the weight of the metal structure, without a significant loss of strength.

The table was originally described as British and it is believed to have been used in medical facilities – such as Casualty Clearing Stations – during the First World War, 1914-1918. Closer examination of the table revealed that it was made by C. Steifenhofer, a supplier of medical equipment based in Munich, Germany. This suggests that the table may well have been requisitioned during an Allied advance and then re-used in a British medical facility. Such re-purposing of enemy supplies and equipment was a not uncommon practice.

Stiefenhofer continued as a medical supplier to the German military during the Second World War, before finally ceasing trading at the end of the 20th century.

Details

Category:
Surgery
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A635085
Materials:
iron and complete
type:
operating tables
credit:
Loan, Wellcome Trust