Hamon type obstetrical forceps, France, 1860-1930

1860-1930 in Paris

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Forceps, obstetrical, Hamon, steel, nick-plated, by Dubois of Paris, 1850-1930

This type of forceps is known as ‘retroceps’. They are made from nickel-plated steel and are designed to act like a hand behind the baby’s head. Obstetrical forceps gripped a baby’s head during difficult childbirths. Retroceps were invented by a man called Hamon around 1864. They were one of many designs to appear in the 1800s.


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

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