Surgical instrument set, Germany, 1939

Made:
1939 in Tuttlingen
maker:
Jetter and Scheerer

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German field surgical set, complete, steel instruments, plated, in steel case, by Jetter and Scheerer of Tuttlingen, marked "Hauptbessteck," 1939

This extensive steel surgical instrument set contains a wide range of the equipment an army surgeon may have needed at a German field hospital. Some of the instruments, such as the amputation knives and saw, are for specific tasks. Other instruments, such as the forceps for clamping bones, arteries, and intestines, have a more general use.

The kit is labelled with the German word Hauptbesteck and the date. Hauptbesteck translates as “main cutlery”, “cutlery” being another word for surgical instruments. The use of steel for the case as well as the instruments ensured that this equipment could be sterilised easily.

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Details

Category:
Surgery
Object Number:
A619258
Measurements:
overall (case open): 450 mm x 510 mm x 325 mm, 25.72 kg
overall (tray one as displayed): 42 mm x 445 mm x 135 mm, 2.334 kg
overall (tray two as displayed): 42 mm x 445 mm x 135 mm, 3.026 kg
type:
surgical instrument set
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • surgical equipment
  • surgical instrument
  • forceps
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • surgical equipment
  • surgical instrument
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • surgical equipment
  • surgical instrument
  • forceps
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • surgical equipment
  • surgical instrument
credit:
Sheppard, R.
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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