Simpson type obstetrical forceps, Birmingham, England, 1871-1900

Made:
1871-1900 in Birmingham
maker:
Philip Harris & Co. Ltd.

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Forceps, obstetrical, Simpson, steel and ebony, by Philip Harris & Company Limited of Birmingham, late 19th century

These are short obstetrical forceps following the design of Sir James Young Simpson, 1811-1870. They were used to deliver babies from low down in the birth canal. The forceps are made out of steel and ebony and manufactured by Philip Harris & Co of Birmingham, England. Simpson also developed long forceps that were heavier and were designed to extract a baby from higher up the birth canal. Both his long and short forceps were adapted in many later designs

Details

Category:
Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Contraception
Materials:
complete, ebony and steel
Identifier:
A500180
type:
forceps
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • surgical equipment
  • surgical instrument