Obstetrical forceps, c 1871-1900.
3 4 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 26cm

Obstetrical forceps, c 1871-1900.

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These short obstetrical forceps made out of steel and ebony follow the design of Sir James Young Simpson (1811-1870). They were used to deliver babies from low down in the birth canal. Simpson also developed long forceps that were heavier and were designed to extract a baby from higher up the birth canal. Both his long and short forceps were adapted in many later designs. Manufactured by Philip Harris & Co of Birmingham.

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