Tonsil guillotines, c 1850-1920.
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Infected tonsils were removed using these guillotines, but their use declined as they proved to be unsafe. The guillotine with the horseshoe-shaped blades is French, mid 19th century, and is made of steel and ebonite. It was made by Mathieu of Paris and posibly belonged to Fahnestock. The other tonsil guillotines shown were in use in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.