Surgical instrument set, London, England, 1940

Made:
1940 in London
maker:
Down Bros Limited

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Field operation instrument set in cotton roll within metal box, by Down Bros., London, 1940

Inside the khaki canvas roll are surgical instruments used to treat soldiers on the battlefield and just behind the front lines. The kit contains forceps to remove shrapnel from wounds, scalpels to make incisions into the body and catgut and needles to stitch up wounds. This set, made by Down Bros Ltd, was standard British government issue during the Second World War. The kit would have been stored in a metal box to help keep it clean. The instruments are made from stainless steel so can be sterilised by boiling or heating in a flame.

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Details

Category:
Surgery
Object Number:
1989-271 Pt1
Materials:
copper, glass, lacquer, paper, steel (stainless), surgical thread, textile
type:
surgical instrument set
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • surgical equipment
  • surgical instrument
status:
Permanent collection

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