Brace and bit cranial trephine, Germany, 1701-1800

Made:
1701-1800 in Germany
maker:
Eberle

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Brace and bit cranial trephine. Full view, black perspex background.
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Brace and bit cranial trephine

The instrument was used in trephination, the drilling of a hole through the skull bone. The blade creates a circular hole when the brace is turned, much like a standard carpenter’s brace and bit drill. The ornate decoration is typical of 1700s design and unfortunately such features provided a good environment in which germs could thrive. The inscription reads “Eberle”, a surgical instrument maker working in Germany at this time.

Details

Category:
Surgery
Object Number:
A622729
Materials:
ivory, steel, wood
type:
trephine
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • surgical equipment
  • surgical instrument
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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