Vaginal speculum, Paris, France, 1851-1900

1851-1900 in Paris

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Speculum, vaginal, metal shaft, ebony handle, light wood blade, by Aubry, French, second half of 19th century

A vaginal speculum is used to examine inside the vagina to help medical diagnosis. It can also assist treating that area of the body. The intimate nature of its use caused initial opposition. However, the speculum had become a routine instrument in gynaecological examinations by the end of the 1800s. French instrument maker Aubry made this metal and ebony example.


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complete, ebony, metal (nickel-plated) and wood (unidentified)
vaginal speculum
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • medical instrument
  • speculum

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