Anderson-type obstetrical forceps, United Kingdom, 1901-1930

Made:
1901-1930 in United Kingdom
maker:
Reynolds & Brandon Limited

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Forceps, obstetrical, Anderson, steel, nickel-plated, by Reynolds and Branson, British, early 20th century

Obstetrical forceps grip the baby’s head during difficult childbirths. Many variations appeared from the 1700s. C L Anderson (1843-1900) invented this type of forceps in 1879 drawing on several contemporary designs.

In Anderson’s version, the blades can be separated and inserted into the body one at a time or used together. The finger ring improves grip and lengthens the handle. Forceps made from nickel-plated steel could be sterilised without rusting. They were made by Reynolds and Branson Ltd.

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Category:
Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Contraception
Object Number:
A615809
type:
obstetrical forceps, obstetrics (instruments) anderson, obstetrical forceps, obstetrics (instruments)
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • medical instrument
  • obstetrical instrument
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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