A selection of Liston-type artery forceps ranging in length from 8-13 cm. and by two makers with slight differences in the locking mechanisms. Rarely if ever used, these are accessories that most cased sets of amputation instruments are missing. Most are stamped Stevens or Stevens, Son and one is by Weiss, London. Blued steel to release and spring. Most have the curved jaws for gripping of the artery, one has flat jaws. Two have slight variation of the button release (see photo detail). Slight oxidation of the bright steel where handled in the past. 2/3 have rounded ends, the others tapering to a V-shape. c.1860. $50 each if you want a specific type or maker.
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