Assalini-type obstetrical forceps, London, England, 1851-1900

1851-1900 in London
Pratt, J F

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Forceps, obstetrical, Assalini, steel, by I. Pratt, British, 2nd half 19th century

This type of forceps was invented by Italian surgeon Paolo Assalini (1759-1840) in 1811. They are made from nickel-plated steel. Obstetrical forceps gripped a baby’s head during difficult childbirths. Assalini’s design was immediately popular and was manufactured until the 1930s.

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Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Contraception
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obstetrical forceps and obstetrics (instruments) assalini, obstetrical forceps and obstetrics (instruments)
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • medical instrument
  • obstetrical instrument

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