Crotchet hooks, Europe, 1801-1900

Made:
1801-1900 in Europe
designer:
Jacques Mesnard

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Crotchet, double, Mesnard, steel, mahogany handles, European, 19th century

Crochet hooks were destructive tools. They removed a dead foetus from within the mother’s body. This pair of double crochet hooks can be used individually, or slotted together and used in a scissor-like action. The relatively simple design was inserted into the mother’s birth canal and hooked onto part of the child. The sturdy handles gave the physician good grip when extracting the body. The crochet hooks extracted the whole body or parts of the body. This design is attributed to French male midwife or 'accoucheur' Jacques Mesnard (1685-1746).

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Category:
Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Contraception
Object Number:
A615591
Materials:
mahogany, steel
Measurements:
handles: 120 mm
type:
obstetrical crotchet

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