Small, bow-frame amputation saw, from the Hamonic collection, c.1750, gilt frame and ivory handle
This amputation saw is typical of designs from the 1700s. The blade is held by locking nuts and it has a gilt frame and an ivory handle with ridges for improved grip. Unfortunately for patients, these decorative features provided an ideal environment in which germs could thrive.
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- amputation saw
- furnishing and equipment
- tools & equipment
- surgical equipment
- surgical instrument
- surgical saw
- Loan: Wellcome Trust
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