Haemostatic set, British, 1871-1900.
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View with the case open revealing the instruments inside. This pocket set contains the following equipment: forceps, catheter, director and scoop, thread, and 3 bottles - one full. It was manufactured by Coxeter, London, and was used in attempts to control post partum bleeding. The forceps and thread were for the umbilical cord and one of the bottles would have been for liquid extract of ergot. Ergot was frequently used in midwifery from about 1807 to contract the uterus. Haemostatic is a medical term applied to an instrument which stops or controls bleeding.