Two Chassaignac’s écraseurs, a surgical amputation instrument, circa 1870-1880

Two Chassaignac’s écraseurs, a surgical amputation instrument, circa 1870-1880

380 euros each



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Categories: Surgical instruments, Medicine


Two good and working Chassaignad’s écraseurs linéaires (linear crushers), France,  circa 1870-1880.


“In the early 1850s’ Edouard Chassaignac invented an instrument that was to have a major impact in the treatment of uterine cacer : the écraseur linéraire. Intended as a replacement for the knife, Chassaignac’s écraseur applied the haemostatic properties of the ligature to the removal of benign tumours, malignancies and haemorrhoids. The instrument consisted of a flattened steel tube, containing two rods of the same metal. the extremities of a chain were attached to the end of each of these rods. The linked, looped chain would be placed around the tumour and gradually tightened by means of a ratchet movement, until the links were inside the instrument. The procedure cur off the blood supply to the tumour, which then fell off with minimal of blood”.


The curved example is signed by Collin & Cie à Paris and it is in perfect working condition. It measures 49 cm lenght with the chain. Despite a crack at the guilloche ebony, very good condition.


The straight example is unsigned and it is in perfect condition.

It measures 44,5 cm lenght with the chain.


Two different models of this important surgical amputation instrument in gynecology, ENT, etc.

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Established by Alexandre Piffault in 2014 and based in Paris at 5 rue de Condé, 75006, very close to Odéon, Le Zograscope specializes in antique and rare books in Science, Medicine and Technology, and rare antique instruments in the same fields. We have especially a strong interest in early and continental microscopy, early and special mathematical/drawing instruments, medical and surgical instrument, and rare technology.

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