Set of four Liston-type amputation knives, London, England, 1860-1926

1860-1926 in London
Krohne and Sesemann

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4 amputation knives, Liston, steel and ivory, by Krohne and Sesemann of London, second half 19th century. Full view,
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4 amputation knives, Liston type , steel and ivory, by Krohne and Sesemann of London, 1860-1904. Liston type knives were straight pointed knives with one completely sharp edge and a short terminal second edge which acted as an interosseous knife.

Liston-type knives are long-bladed knives with one completely sharp edge and are used for various amputations. They are named after their designer, Robert Liston (1794-1847), the pioneering Scottish surgeon. These particular knives have textured handles to improve grip, although this was a feature that Liston described as unnecessary. Krohne & Sesemann were half brothers who set up a surgical instrument making business in London in 1860 and supplied many of the London hospitals.

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Object Number:
case, brass, case, leather, case, silk, case, velvet, ivory, steel
Knife 3: 10 mm x 285 mm x 18 mm,
Knife 4: 10 mm x 230 mm x 18 mm,
Knife 2: 12 mm x 340 mm x 20 mm,
Knife 1: 12 mm x 400 mm x 21 mm,
overall (closed): 49 mm x 415 mm x 89 mm, .7 kg
overall (open): 113 mm x 415 mm x 175 mm, .7 kg
amputation knife
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • surgical equipment
  • surgical instrument
  • surgical knife
Krohne and Sesemann
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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