Anatomical syringe set, cased, London, England, 1810-1872

Made:
1810-1872 in England and London
maker:
Savigny and Company

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Anatomical syringe set in case, first half 19th century, by Savigny and Co., 60 & 61 St James St., London, English.
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Anatomical syringe set in case, by Savigny and Co., London, England, 1810-1872.

Anatomical syringe sets were used to inject wax and other substances into body parts to preserve their structure. The resulting anatomical preparations were useful teaching aids in an age when there was a lack of bodies available for dissection.

Made by Savigny & Co, this syringe can hold 6 fluid ounces (16 ml) of wax. The syringe comes with eight different attachments, possibly for different areas of the body. Wax injection was perfected by, among others, Frederik Ruysch (1638-1731), a Dutch anatomist who was also known for his fantastical and often grotesque arrangements of anatomical specimens.

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Category:
Anatomy & Pathology
Object Number:
A61279
Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy), complete, mahogany (wood), silk velvet, steel (metal)
Measurements:
overall (case open): 85 mm x 309 mm x 122 mm, 1.7986 kg
overall (case closed): 76 mm x 309 mm x 122 mm, 1.7986 kg
type:
anatomical syringe set
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • medical instrument
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • medical instrument
  • syringe
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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