Cataract knives from an ophthalmic instrument set, London, England, 1810-1850

Made:
1810-1850 in London
maker:
Young
,
Weiss, John
and
Savigny and Company

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Parts of an ophthalmic instrument set, comprising six needles (marked *YOUNG), one pair iris forceps (marked SAVIGNY &
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Parts of an ophthalmic instrument set 1810-1850. Black background.
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© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Part of an Ophthalmic instrument set, nine cataract needles, (one marked YOUNG, whilst some of the others are marked WEISS, LONDON), steel blades, ivory handles, 1810-1850

The set contains nine cataract needles used to carry out delicate eye operations. Cataracts cause the lens of the eye to become cloudy and can lead to blindness unless removed. The ivory-handled set was made by a number of British surgical instrument makers.

Details

Category:
Ophthalmology
Object Number:
A617498 Pt3
Materials:
ivory, steel
Measurements:
overall (each): 130 mm 5 mm, .01kg
type:
ophthalmic instrument set
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • ophthalmic equipment
  • ophthalmic instrument

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