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Catalogue and Report of Obstetrical and Other Instruments

Catalogue and Report of Obstetrical and Other Instruments exhibited at the Conversazione of the Obstetrical Society of London. March 28 1866, published by Longmans, Green and Co. 229pp Hardback. Well illustrated catalogue with sections on abortion, cephalotribes, erasers, forceps etc. In good overall condition noting that some page sections show small separation as chown in images

Pippinghold’s obstetrical forceps, c1900

A scarce C1900 pair of Pippinghold’s obstetrical forceps. According to Das (OBSTETRIC FORCEPS, 1929: 661): “The peculiarity of this forceps consists in the lock, which is of the English pattern, being placed high up.” Despite a very English-sounding name this instrument is likely French in origin; the only examples of a Pippinghold I can find are in the 1904 and 1913 Collin (Paris) catalogs–Das’ illustration of this instrument is also taken from a Collin catalog. Very good condition.

A Rare Pair of Assalini Obstetrical Forceps

A rare pair of Assalini obstetrical forceps. Paolo Assalini (1759-1846) was a distinguished Italian physician and surgeon. He was professor at Milan Military Hospital and chief surgeon to Napoleon. Subsequently he was appointed physician and surgeon to Prince Eugene of Bavaria and also received a gold medal from the Royal society of London  for “a variety of very ingenious Surgical Instruments invented or improved by him, and which are likely to be of infinite service in many operations.” His obstetrical forceps were introduced in 1811 and they remained in use throughout the 19th century and into the very early 20th century. The pair we are offering was made and signed by Stevens, a firm which began in London in 1834 and remains in operation today in Canada. The forceps are nickle-plated and date C1870. They are in excellent condition. 

Antique obstetrical forceps by “Charriere a Paris”

An antique obstetrical forceps by “Charriere a Paris”, ca. 1850’s.

At the end of the handles a crotchet and a perforator (its cover is currently stuck and cannot be unscrewed), used in the complicated labours as a desperate, last tentative to save the mother’s life.

A Dubois’ Embryotomy Decapitating Scissor, destructive obstetrical instrument

A Dubois’ Embryotomy Decapitating Scissor, destructive obstetrical instrument.

Signed “Aubry”, this abortion instrument was used to cut off the head, arms and legs.

(ref. http://abortioninstruments.com/new_index.html)

A rare Tire-Tete, obstetrical destructive instrument, by Charriere

A rare Tire-Tete, obstetrical destructive instrument, by Charriere
These abortion instruments were used to grasp the inside and the outside of the baby’s head by stabbing one end of the instrument into the cranium. The teeth would grab into the skull allowing for extraction.

(ref. http://abortioninstruments.com/new_index.html)

4 obstetrical destructive perforators

4 obstetrical destructive perforators:

1) an early one.. Euro 290

2) Simpson’s model.. Euro 270

3) Blot’s model.. Euro 190

4) Simpson’s  model.. Euro 270

A great obstetrical destructive set, early 1900’s, with Italian and German instruments

A great obstetrical destructive set, early 1900’s, with Italian and German instruments: 1) cranioclast, complete, not signed; 2) ob forceps, signed “G. Marelli”; 3) decapitating hook (marked Solingen) and Blunt hook with perforator (not signed); 4) pelvimeter, marked Solingen; 5) perforator, signed “Marelli”

Four Obstetrical Instruments by Hornn, Leipzig, C1860

A good group of four mid-19th century German obstetrical instruments all maker signed by O. Hornn, working in Leipzig ( see links that follows and note that sometime between 1860 and 1894 his firm was taken over by O. Moecke, also in Leipzig). The metal portions of these instruments are all mat-finish steel. We usually see polished steel or nickel-plating on instruments of this period.  

 

3 early obstetrical instruments

3 early obstetrical instruments, lenght 36 cm

Obstetrical model: skeleton of the female pelvis with fetus skull

Obstetrical model of the female pelvis with fetus skull, used as midwifery teaching model, by Somso (real size). Base: 30 x 20 cm

Hale’s Short Obstetrical Forceps Ebony Handles

A fine pair of Hale’s short obstetrical forceps with checkered ebony handles. Maker: Sharp & Smith. Hale’s forceps were introduced in 1880 in two sizes: long and short. This, of course, is the short size. Length: 9″ or 23 cm. It would be hard to find a pair in better condition!