Perforator, Blot, steel, ebonite handle, by Collin and Co. of Paris, from Charriere, Collin and Gentile collection, circa 1865
An embryotomy involves the destruction of the foetus when natural childbirth is impossible. Destructive instruments such as this perforator destroyed the foetus at its largest part, usually the head. This enabled vaginal delivery. The perforator is made of steel and ebonite. It was made by instrument maker Collin of Paris.
The perforator was originally part of an instrument collection belonging to amalgamated French companies Charrière, Collin and Gentile. It was sold in 1978.