Bedford’s Guarded Blunt Hook and Crotchet

Bedford’s Guarded Blunt Hook and Crotchet


Bedford's Guarded Blunt Hook and Crotchet


37.5 cm



Country of manufacture

North America

Category: Surgical instruments


Bedford’s Guarded Blunt Hook and Crotchet. This “instrument of destruction” was used for extracting a fetus that had died in utero. It was made by Bain & Brinkerhoff who worked in New York City from 1851-54. While metal has darkened in spots no rust or pitting are present. The handle is ebony and has a small stable hairline-see last image.   According to Hibbard (2000: 103) :”Gunning S. Bedford (1806-1870) …was a founder of the Medical College of the University of New York where he became the Foundation Professor of Obstetrics.” He published his magnum opus, PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES OF OBSTETRICS, in 1861.   

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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