Cased Collin-Type Bone Drill/Trephine

Cased Collin-Type Bone Drill/Trephine


Collin-Type Bone Drill//Trephine


Last 1/4 of 19th century

Country of manufacture

UK and Ireland

Categories: Medicine, Surgical instruments


A classic Collin bone drill/trephine; complete and nicely cased in mahogany. Collin, the French surgical instrument maker, was apparently the first to introduce a drill of this type; hence the name.  This is an especially well-made example with blued-steel and gilding plus a handle with applied ebony scales. The last image shows a Collin drill in a plate from their 1903 catalog  but the example on offer appears to date from the last quarter of the 19th century. Length of case: 12″ or 30 cm. Some of the label has worn away. the remaining portion reads:”:C ? HUISH/ /SURGICAL/INSTRUMENT MAKER/Fisher ? /Red Lion ?/LONDON ?”

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US M&R Gordon

Michael and Roberta Gordon have been dealing in medical and dental antiques for almost four decades. They have helped build a number of major private collections and have contributed to the holdings of many museums. They also deal in other scientific and technology related items, including calculating instruments, office machines, patent models and wine-related accessories such as corkscrews. ROBERTA GORDON IS A SKILLED RESTORER WHO CAN HELP YOU WITH ANY INSTRUMENTS AND CASES THAT NEED ATTENTION. Feel free to contact them for details at: or 718-623-6777