A Rare Pair of Assalini Obstetrical Forceps

A Rare Pair of Assalini Obstetrical Forceps


A Rare Pair of Assalini Obstetrical Forceps



Country of manufacture

UK and Ireland

Categories: Medicine, Other Medical Antiques


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. 

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M and R Gordon

Michael and Roberta Gordon have been dealing in medical and dental antiques for more than 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: [email protected] or 718-541-5974