Post-mortem set, United Kingdom, 1860-1865

Made:
1860-1865 in United Kingdom
maker:
Hillard and Chapman
,
John Blyde Limited
,
Ferguson
,
Mayer and Meltzer
and
S Maw & Son

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Post mortem set, complete set of instruments, various makers, in mahogany case, British, lat 19th century

Made from steel with ivory handles, the set contains knives for cartilage, bones and the brain, forceps, saws, scalpels and a spine wrench – all used for post-mortems. The instruments are all still remarkably sharp. Post-mortems only came into practice in the early 1800s. They were used to determine whether the physician’s diagnosis when the patient was alive had been correct. They also helped physicians to learn more about the internal symptoms and signs of disease. Most of these instruments were made by S Maw & Son, a surgical instrument maker based in London; the rest were made by other instrument makers based in the United Kingdom.

Details

Category:
Anatomy & Pathology
Object Number:
A647260
Materials:
case, brass, case, mahogany, case, velvet, instruments, ivory and instruments, steel
Measurements:
fully open case: 54 mm x 255 mm x 346 mm,
closed case: 54 mm x 255 mm x 170 mm, 2.2 kg
type:
post-mortem set
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • medical instrument
credit:
Drew, H.G.