Brissez intra-uterine speculum in steel and ebony, France, circa 1850

Brissez intra-uterine speculum in steel and ebony, France, circa 1850




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Categories: Medicine, Surgical instruments, Therapeutic & Functional Aids


This gynecological intra-uterine speculum was used to dilate the os cervix. Turning the screw retracts a central rod which is T-shaped in its distal part and so separates the blades of the speculum.


This type of instrument was originally invented by Brissez. Dating to the mid 19th century and of French origin this one is not signed. 

The two-side handle is made from ebony, the shaft is made from polished steel and the blades of the speculum and the screw nut on the handle are made from German silver.

The main rod has oxydation and one side of the ebony handle has some crack but the speculum works peferctly.

28cm lenght.

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