Haemostatic set, English, 1871-1900.

1871-1900 in London
Baker, Charles

Haemostatic set, comprising three narrow glass phials with ground glass stoppers, pair Fraenum scissors and one measuring cylinder, in velvet lined leather case. The three glass phials are labeled as Liq. Secalis (rye, complete with contents) Tinct. Opii (opium tincture, trace contents) Sp. ammonia ar. (ammonia, empty). Glass phial (opii): height 106 mm x width 7 mm x depth 15 mm,; overall: height 30 mm x width 135 mm x depth 53 mm. by Charles Baker of London. English, 1871-1900.

This pocket set contains the following equipment in a leather case: three bottles, one with contents, one pair of Fraenum scissors, and one measuring cylinder. It was manufactured by Baker, London, and was used in attempts to control post partum bleeding. One of the bottles would have been for liquid extract of ergot. Ergot was frequently used in midwifery from about 1807 to contract the uterus.


Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Contraception
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
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leather, felt, metal, metal (plated), glass, velvet and opium tincture
overall (closed): 30 mm x 135 mm x 53 mm, 0.172 kg
overall (open): 20 mm x 135 mm x 110 mm, 0.172 kg
glass phial (opii): 106 mm x 7 mm x 15 mm,
haemostatic set
Wellcome Trust