Vaginal speculum, Europe, 1701-1800

Made:
1701-1800 in Europe

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Speculum, vaginal, iron, European, possibly French, 18th century

A gynaecologist uses a speculum to aid examinations and diagnose genito-urinary diseases. They are also employed in related surgical procedures. The speculum is inserted into the vagina. The screw mechanism is rotated to expand the distance between the blades. This example is thought to be French. It dates from the 1700s. Variations of this gynaecological instrument are still used.

The speculum came from the private collection of Dr Noel Hamonic. It was sold by Hamonic’s sons in two parts to Henry Wellcome. The first was in June 1928 for £4,400. The second was a month later for £803. The collection consisted mostly of surgical instruments and pharmacy ware.

Details

Category:
Clinical Diagnosis
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A121426
type:
vaginal speculum
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • medical instrument
  • speculum
credit:
Hamonic Collection