obstetrical fillet, 1701-1800

Made:
1701-1800 in Unknown place
maker:
Unknown
Fillet, probably 18th century.
      Full view, graduated matt black perspex background.

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Fillet, probably 18th century. Full view, graduated matt black perspex background.
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Fillet, probably 18th century

Obstetrics is the branch of medicine dealing with childbirth. A fillet is an obstetric tool. It aids the passage of a child down the birth canal. It is a flexible appliance that could be looped around the baby, usually at the head. The physician then gently pulled it to assist the delivery.

This example is made of three thin metal strips which join at the tip. These were folded together for easy insertion. They then unfolded internally to ‘scoop’ around the baby’s head. Fillets were often made of leather or whalebone. Both materials were flexible and strong.

Details

Category:
Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Contraception
Object Number:
A615455
Materials:
ebony and steel
type:
obstetrical fillet