Three trephines with Horsley's handle, London, England, 1939-1945

Made:
1939-1945 in London
maker:
Down Bros Limited

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Set of three trephines with Horsley's handle, in cotton roll, by Down Bros., London, 1939-1945, St. Thomas's Street, SE1

A trephine is used to drill holes in the skull to access the brain to perform complex surgery. Horsley’s handle is named after Sir Victor Horsley (1857-1916), the pioneer of neurosurgery.

Made by Down Bros Limited, the khaki colour of the roll and the simplicity of the design suggest that these instruments were to be carried by medical teams during war time.

Details

Category:
Surgery
Object Number:
1989-286
Materials:
instruments, steel (stainless) and roll, cotton
type:
trephine
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • surgical equipment
  • surgical instrument
credit:
D.H.S.S. (Russell Sq.)