Series 42 - Surgical Instruments - boxed sets for specific procedures - predominantly early Victorian


Description

Amputation or military surgeon's sets; post-mortem or autopsy sets.


Inventory Listing

MHM00061 Set of Amputation Instruments: Simpson
Instruments marked: "SIMPSON". Bone forceps marked: "LONDON/SIMPSON 55 STRAND"

Brief Description

Set of twelve amputation instruments, five tourniquets with brass fittings, two straps, eight needles. Instruments made of steel and brass with wooden handles. Mounted in rectangular wooden case with green velvet lining. Made by Simpson, c.1800.

History of Object

These instruments were used during the Peninsular War, and were originally part of the Raymond Russell collection, London. Given in memory of the donor's son.

Materials and Finishes

Brass, steel, wood (varnished), and cloth.

References

Association card: Peninsular War.
Supplementary file.

Creator Russell, Mrs. M.
Control 61; Previous controls, Accession number RR.8 and MU007/67
Date range c. 1800    Quantity 29 parts (6.5 x 54.6 x 25.5 cm [overall])
Inventory Identifier MHM00061 Series 42
MHM00063 Set of Amputation Instruments: Savigny and Company
Instruments marked: "Savigny & Co." Knife marked: "Savigny & Co 67-T James St London." Cutters marked: "S. Maw & Son London"

Brief Description

Set of nine amputation instruments and one tourniquet with brass fittings, spool of cotton thread, loose thread, three needles and a spare hacksaw blade. Stored in a wooden case with red velvet lining. Made by Savigny and Company, London c.1815.

History of Object

From the Raymond Russell collection, London. Given in memory of the donor's son.

Materials and Finishes

Brass, steel, wood (varnished), cloth and natural fibre.

References

Supplementary file.

Creator Russell, Mrs. M.
Control 63; Previous control, Accession number PR11 & MU008/67
Date range c. 1815    Quantity 19 parts (7.2 x 42.2 x 22.2 cm, box)
Inventory Identifier MHM00063 Series 42
MHM00070 Set of Post Mortem Instruments: Maw, Son and Thompson
Instruments marked: "S. MAW. SON & THOMPSON, LONDON"

Brief Description

Set of thirteen instruments for performing post-mortems in wooden case with green velvet covered blocks. Made by Maw, Son and Thompson, London, c.1900.

History of Object

Materials and Finishes

Metal, wood and fibre.

References

Supplementary file

Creator Hayes, Dr. Robert R. C.
Date range c. 1900    Quantity 1 item (4.8 x 23.5 x 11.3 cm)
Inventory Identifier MHM00070 Series 42
MHM00071 Set of Amputation Instruments: Maw, Son and Thompson
Case marked: "S. MAW. SON & THOMPSON, ALDERSGATE ST LONDON";
instruments marked: "S. MAW. SON & THOMPSON, LONDON"

Brief Description

Set of nineteen amputation instruments and three tourniquets with brass fittings in a brass and wooden case with lift-out compartment and fittings. Made by S. Maw Son and Thompson, London c.1890.

History of Object

Materials and Finishes

Wood, brass and metal.

References

Supplementary file

Creator Hayes, Dr. Robert R. C.
Date range c. 1890    Quantity 1 item (9.0 x 41.5 x 15.5 cm)
Inventory Identifier MHM00071 Series 42
MHM00072 Instruments: Surgical Kit or Surgeon's Set, Evans and Wormull
Case marked: "EVANS & WORMULL 31 STAMFORD ST LONDON S.E."; marked on case lid: "AMD SURGEONS INSTRUMENTS." Instruments marked: "Evans and Co London". Contents card dated: "31/3/96". Amputating saw marked: "SIMPSON 55 STRAND LONDON"
Image >>

Brief Description

Surgical kit consisting of sixty-one instruments, one tourniquet, one spool of wire, thread, two packets of needles and a card listing contents of surgeon's case. Packed in wooden case with brass fittings, purple velvet lining and lift-out compartment. Has canvas cover bag. Made by Evans and Wormull, London c.1895.

History of Object

Set of instruments intended for army surgeon. Set was designed to cater for most surgical operations.

Materials and Finishes

Metal, brass, mahogany, velvet and canvas

References

Supplementary file.

Creator Not known
Date range c. 1895    Quantity 61 parts (7.5 x 45.0 x 17.0 cm [case])
Inventory Identifier MHM00072 Series 42
MHM00092 Set of Amputation Instruments by Weiss
Instruments marked "WEISS LONDON"
Image >>

Brief Description

Set of eleven amputation instruments, one tourniquet with brass fitting, pin cushion, needle and silk thread. Packed in a wooden case with red velvet lining. Made by Weiss, London about 1830.

History of Object

Set is originally from the Raymond Russell Collection, London. Given in memory of donor's son.

Materials and Finishes

Metal, wood (polished) and natural fibre.

References

Supplementary file.

Creator Russell, Mrs. M.
Control 92; Previous control MU009/67
Date range c. 1830    Quantity 1 item(6.8 x 42.0 x 16.5 cm)
Inventory Identifier MHM00092 Series 42
MHM00205 Box: Varnished Wooden
Marked on box "Major J. W. BARRETT First Australian General Hospital A.I.F. Melbourne." "FSO M 370". Marked on label "Lieut Colonel J.W. Barrett..(?) Shepherds Hotel"

Brief Description

Varnished wooden box used by Major J. W. Barrett. It has a hinged door that opens downwards and which would normally be supported by two metal arms. There are also two swivel metal handles either side of the box.

History of Object

Used by Major J. W Barrett, First Australian General Hospital A.I.F.

Materials and Finishes

Wood (varnished) and metal.

References

Creator Not known
Quantity 1 item (42.0 x 57.5 x 34.5 cm) Inventory Identifier MHM00205 Series 42
MHM02124 Set: small amputation set by Mayer & Meltzer
Engraved in plate on lid, "C.W. Baird". On instruments, stamped, "MAYER &/MELTZER".
Image >>

Brief Description

Small amputation set by Mayer & Meltzer, in fitted case. Consists of detachable ebony-clad handle with saw, two knives and chisel; hammer, tweezer forceps, scalpel and tapering canula.

History of Object

Materials and Finishes

Wood (polished), metal (plated) and ebony.

References

Creator Not known
Date range c. 1880    Quantity 1 item ([case] 5.3 x 25.0 x 11.8 cm)
Inventory Identifier MHM02124 Series 42
MHM02133 Set: compact post-mortem instrument set by Allen & Hanbury's
Stamped in various pieces, "ALLEN &/HANBURYS".

Brief Description

Compact post-mortem instrument set by Allen & Hanburys Ltd. Consists of bowel scissors, handpiece with saw, axe, amputation knives, 2 hook-and-chain retractors, 3 scalpels, swivelling piece, plus needle and catheter in fitted case.

History of Object

Materials and Finishes

Metal, ebony, ivory, brass and wood (coated).

References

Creator Griffiths, Dr. W. J. D.
Date range c. 1880    Quantity 1 item ([case] 4.9 x 25.5 x 10.6 cm)
Inventory Identifier MHM02133 Series 42
MHM02135 Set: compact post-mortem instrument set by Hutchinson
Stamped in some instruments, "W. & H. HUTCHINSON/SHEFFIELD".

Brief Description

Compact post-mortem instrument set by W. & H. Hutchinson. Consists of handpiece with saw, knife, axe and hammer, plus 3 scalpels with ebony handles. In fitted box.

History of Object

Materials and Finishes

Metal, ebony, brass, wood (varnished) and velvet.

References

Creator Not known
Date range c. 1880    Quantity 1 item ([case] 4.4 x 23.7 x 8.7 cm)
Inventory Identifier MHM02135 Series 42
MHM02214 Kit: tray of instruments from missing larger case
Stamped in, "WEISS/LONDON".

Brief Description

Tray of instruments from larger case, containing two tourniquets, bone cutters, two canulae, and saw blade.

History of Object

Materials and Finishes

Metal, brass, canvas, wood (coated) and leather.

References

Creator Not known
Date range c. 1880    Quantity 1 item (4.5 x 42.5 x 22.2 cm)
Inventory Identifier MHM02214 Series 42
MHM02664 Kit: small amputation kit by W. Skidmore
Stamped in, "W. SKIDMORE/SHEFFIELD".
Image >>

Brief Description

Small amputation kit by W. Skidmore, and used by Dr. Fox, in brass-inlaid box. Detachable handle, saw, 3 scalpels, finger knives, chisel, scissors and canula. Also key.

History of Object

W.R. Fox donated it to another, Kenneth Hince had it in 1963; item then was received by Michael Scott in April 1963, passed on to Dr. John Funder (donor), who kept it until June 1969, whereupon it was donated to the Medical History Museum.

See Supplementary File for letters regarding Dr. Fox and these instruments. Fox published, "The Urethroscope: its development and its use." (Pamphlet, 1909, Austral Publishing Co., Melbourne)

Materials and Finishes

Metal (plated), ebony, wood and brass.

References

See Supplementary File for relevant letters regarding Dr. Fox and these instruments.

Creator Funder, Dr. J.
Date range c. 1880    Quantity 1 item ([box] 4.4 x 23.4 x 6.5 cm)
Inventory Identifier MHM02664 Series 42
MHM02671 Set: small amputation instrument set, ivory handles
Makers' names stamped in.
Image >>

Brief Description

Small amputation instrument kit in brass-bound fitted box. Ivory-handled instruments. Detachable handle with saw and knife; bistouries, scalpel, retractor.

History of Object

Materials and Finishes

Metal (plated), ivory, ebony, wood, brass, velvet and paper (printed).

References

Creator Not known
Date range 1862 - c. 1880    Quantity 1 item ([box] 6.2 x 21.5 x 7.3 cm)
Inventory Identifier MHM02671 Series 42
MHM02672 Kit: small post-mortem instrument kit by J. Gray
Stampd in, "J. GRAY & SON/SHEFFIELD".
Image >>

Brief Description

Small post-mortem instrument kit by J. Gray and Son, in brass-banded box. Ebony-clad detachable handle, chisel, scalpal, knife and saw.

History of Object

University of Melbourne Collection.

Materials and Finishes

Metal (plated), ebony, wood and brass.

References

Creator Not known
Date range c. 1880    Quantity 1 item ([box] 4.7 x 23.5 x 7.8 cm)
Inventory Identifier MHM02672 Series 42
MHM02675 Kit: small post-mortem kit by Down Bros.
On ivory maker's plate, "DOWN BROS. OPPOSITE GUY'S HOSPITAL".
Image >>

Brief Description

Small post-mortem kit by Down Bros. in fitted brass-screwed box. Ebony-clad detachable handle, chisel, scalpel, knife and saw. Incomplete.

History of Object

Missing: 3 scalpels (ebony); 1 set dissecting forceps; 1 set chains; tray to hold scalpels and forceps (according to Prof. Russell).

Materials and Finishes

Metal (plated), ebony, wood (polished), brass and ivory.

References

Creator Not known
Quantity 1 item (5.0 x 22.8 x 9.7 cm) Inventory Identifier MHM02675 Series 42
MHM03696 Kit: Army Medical Department surgical instrument kit, c.1850s
On top of case, "A.M.D. Surgeon's Instruments".
Image >>

Brief Description

British army-issued [Army Medical Department], Surgical Instrument Kit, set in a felt-lined mahogany case by John Weiss and Son. The instruments include three amputating knives, an amputating saw, scalpels, various types of forceps, scissors, etc. The instruments were made by various manufacturers. The set is missing a few instruments (including one set of forceps).

History of Object

Materials and Finishes

Metal, brass, material and mahogany.

References

Catalogue: Arnold & Sons, 1885, "Instruments Catalogue", London: pp. 126.

Creator Not known
Date range 1850? - 1859?    Quantity 1 item ([case] 45.5 x 17.0 x 7.8 cm)
Inventory Identifier MHM03696 Series 42
MHM04523 Set of Post-Mortem Instruments (incomplete)
On lid, "Yarra Bend Asylum".
Image >>

Brief Description

Set of post-mortem instruments (incomplete) in polished wood box with "Yarra Bend Asylum" on brass plaque on lid. Lid also has two strips of brass, extending at front to base of box. Box contains hammer and chisel, two spine chisels and skull rest (2 pieces). Hammer and chisel and one spine chisel are engraved, "Coxeter".

History of Object

Donated by Alan Kilgour - retrieved from disposed material.

Materials and Finishes

Wood, brass and metal.

References

Creator Kilgour, Alan
Date range 1880?    Quantity 1 item (27.4 x 16.4 x 4.6 cm)
Inventory Identifier MHM04523 Series 42

Published by the Centre for the Study of Health and Society, December 2004
Listed by Ann Brothers, Kate Naughton, Louise Murray, Jessica Lo and Jessie Borrelle
HTML edition
Updated 31 March 2009
http://www.cshs.unimelb.edu.au/programs/jnmhu/mhm/MHMS042.htm

The template for this finding aid is part of the Heritage Documentation Management System

[ Top of Page | Home | Series | Provenance ]