Curette, uterine steel, copper-plated handle, by Krohne and Sesemann, English, late 19th century
A curette takes samples from the uterus, vagina or rectum. This is done to diagnose diseases such as cancer. The curette consists of a long hollow shaft ending in a small spoon-shaped scoop. This was passed into the uterus and a sample scraped from the uterine wall. The instrument’s design has changed little over time. It is still used today.