Tonsil guillotine, French, mid 19th century.

Tonsil guillotine, French, mid 19th century.
2 6 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 18cm

Description

Made of steel and ebonite, by Mathieu of Paris, this instrument posibly belonged to Fahnestock. This design was introduced during the 1830s, and removed infected tonsils by sliding the blades acros each other. The instrument also has a retractable two-pronged lance.

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10289212

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