Silver Catheters in shaped case, late 18th century

Silver Catheters in shaped case, late 18th century



late 18th century

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Categories: Surgical instruments, Medicine


Two French silver cathethers for dilating urethral strictures preserved in their original shagreen shaped-box from the late 18th century.

Such kind of set in case are quite unusual to find.


Most silver catheters are extendable and were used primarily in females; they tended to come with a stilet. The male versions were sometimes called “irrigating tunnelled and grooved sounds” and were used for dilating strictures of the male urethra.  

See here for later example :


The nice case measures 29x10cm.

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