Amputation knife, Germany, 1701-1800

Made:
1701-1800 in Germany
maker:
Eberle

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Amputation knife, probably by Eberle, possibly German. 18th century, steel, silver and ebony

The curved shape of this amputation knife was common in the early 1700s. Amputation knives became straighter once the practice of leaving a flap of skin to cover the limb stump became the preferred amputation method. Ebony was a common material for handles as it is a hard-wearing wood. This knife was probably made by Eberle in Germany, as indicated by the inscription on the silver blade.

Details

Category:
Surgery
Object Number:
A622731
Materials:
ebony, silver, steel
type:
amputation knife
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • surgical equipment
  • surgical instrument
  • surgical knife
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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