Instruments of Destruction: Two 1870s Cranioclasts

Instruments of Destruction: Two 1870s Cranioclasts

$295.00 each

Instruments of Destruction: Two 1870s Cranioclasts


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Country of manufacture

UK and Ireland

Categories: Medicine, Other Medical Antiques


Two C1870 cranioclasts with ebony handles signed by Stevens, working in London. The one with spikes is Ramsbotham’s ($395.00) and the other is Lee’s ($350.00). Cranioclasts are, according to Hibbard (THE OBSTETRICIAN’S ARMAMENTARIUM,2000: 247) “essentially large-bladed craniotomy forceps of a more sophisticated and functional design”. They are gruesome instruments of destruction, used to facilitate the removal of a dead fetus by means of cranial crushing.The metal on both has some staining but no rust. 

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US 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 718-623-6777