Haemostatic set, London, England, 1871-1900

1871-1900 in London

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Haemostatic set, comprising forceps, catheter, director and scoop, 3 bottles, one full, forceps, by Coxeter of London,
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Leatherette haemostatic set, comprising of forceps, catheter, director and scoop, 3 glass bottles (one full of a dark brown liquid), and metal forceps. 32 mm x 139 mm x 63 mm. Made by Coxeter of London, late 19th century.

This pocket set contains the following equipment: forceps, catheter, director and scoop, thread, and 3 bottles - one full. It was manufactured by Coxeter, London, and was used in attempts to control post partum bleeding. The forceps and thread were for the umbilical cord and one of the bottles would have been for liquid extract of ergot. Ergot was frequently used in midwifery from about 1807 to contract the uterus.


Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Contraception
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cotton (fibre), felt, glass, leather, metal, metal (plated), opium, paper (fibre product) and velvet
overall (closed): 32 mm x 139 mm x 63 mm, 0.246 kg
overall (open): 20 mm x 139 mm x 129 mm, 0.246 kg
haemostatic set
Wellcome Trust

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