Some Worthy Surgical Bits and Bobs
Four small and good 19th-century surgical instruments.
Second half of the 19th C.
Country of manufacture
1. Metacarpal saw with slightly-rounded ebony handle. Total length 21.5 centimeters. Signed “MEHLHAUS”.Jacob Mehlhaus is listed in an 1863 Wiesbaden city directory as a surgical instrument maker. It was probably a small workshop that was not in existence for many years. No known catalog.
2.Trepanning elevator with checkered ebony handle. Unsigned. Length: 20 centimeters.
3. Sponge/swab holder with tapered hexagonal ebony handle. Unsigned. Length: 23.5 centimeters.
4. Reiner’s needle forceps/holder. It is shown in the 1889 Tiemann Armamentarium but not the 1879, suggesting that it was introduced in the 1880s. Unsigned. Length:16 centimeters.
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