Surgical instrument set, London, England, 1810-1812

Made:
1810-1812 in London
maker:
Savigny and Company

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Surgical instrument set, inscribed "W. Ward, Army Surgeon 1812", almost complete, in mahogany case, by Savigny and Co., 1810-1850

A large range of the equipment an army surgeon may have needed to perform various surgical operations and care for the welfare of soldiers is in this 40-piece instrument set. The set includes equipment for amputation – knives, saws and tourniquets – trephination, dentistry and removing bullets.

The mahogany case is engraved with the name “W. Ward, Army Surgeon” and the date “1812”. In 1812, the Napoleonic Wars were ravaging Europe and this may have been one of the theatres of war to which Ward was sent.

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Category:
Surgery
Object Number:
A600591
Materials:
brass, felt, mahogany, metal, textile, velvet, wood
Measurements:
opened lid: 282 mm x 450 mm x 252 mm, 4.97 kg
type:
surgical instrument set
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • surgical equipment
  • surgical instrument
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
credit:
Morgan, H M
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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