Palfijin obstetrical forceps, Europe, 1720-1730

Made:
1720-1730 in Europe

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Forceps, obstetrical, Palfyn, steel and wood, two separate sections, possibly a model

Jan Palfijin (1650-1730), or Palfyn, introduced these obstetrical forceps in 1716. They aided difficult childbirths. The spoons or ‘iron hands’ as he called them, gripped the baby’s head. They could be used separately or tied together.

This was one of many designs produced from the early 1700s onwards.

Details

Category:
Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Contraception
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A615661
Materials:
steel and wood
type:
obstetrical forceps and obstetrics (instruments) palfyn, models, obstetrical forceps and obstetrics (instruments)
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • medical instrument
  • obstetrical instrument