Anderson-type obstetrical forceps, United Kingdom, 1901-1930

1901-1930 in United Kingdom
Reynolds & Brandon Limited

Buy this image as a print 

License this image for commercial use at Science and Society Picture Library

Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Forceps, obstetrical, Anderson, steel, nickel-plated, by Reynolds and Branson, British, early 20th century

Obstetrical forceps grip the baby’s head during difficult childbirths. Many variations appeared from the 1700s. C L Anderson (1843-1900) invented this type of forceps in 1879 drawing on several contemporary designs.

In Anderson’s version, the blades can be separated and inserted into the body one at a time or used together. The finger ring improves grip and lengthens the handle. Forceps made from nickel-plated steel could be sterilised without rusting. They were made by Reynolds and Branson Ltd.

On display

Science Museum: Making the Modern World Gallery

If you are visiting to see this object, please contact us in advance to make sure that it will be on display.

Related people


Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Contraception
Object Number:
obstetrical forceps and obstetrics (instruments) anderson, obstetrical forceps and obstetrics (instruments)
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • medical instrument
  • obstetrical instrument

Cite this page


We encourage the use and reuse of our collection data.

Data in the title, made, maker and details fields are released under Creative Commons Zero

Descriptions and all other text content are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 licence

Using our data


Download catalogue entry as json

View manifest in IIIF viewer

Add to Animal Crossing Art Generator

Download manifest IIIF

Our records are constantly being enhanced and improved, but please note that we cannot guarantee the accuracy of any information shown on this website.