993.1117.1: Surgery Set, 1860-1901

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993.1117.1: Surgery Set. Surgery set in mahogany case, parts missing
Image No. 1475 Surgery set in mahogany case, parts missing; Photographer: Helen Kingsley

Object Description

Mahogany case inlaid with brass with side hooks and front lock mechanism. Partially lined with purple velvet, lift-up panel in lid, removable wooden tray fitted with brass frame to hold instruments and lift out flaps [1 missing]. Contains 5 ivory handled instruments: Tenaculum, scalpel, ligature needle [all stamped with 'S.MAW SON & THOMPSON LONDON'], long curved bladed knife, hernia knife [both stamped with 'S.MAW & SON LONDON'], and a spool of fine wire and safety pin. Key missing.

Object Classification

Accession Number: 993.1117.1
Collection: Surgery, General
Date: 1860-1901

Object Dimensions

  • Length: 21.5 cm
  • Height: 5.2 cm
  • Width: 8.2 cm

Object Parts

  • a) Hinged lined case with brass fittings and inlay
  • b) Case tray with instrument frame
  • c) Tenaculum with handle
  • d) Hernia knife, curved blade, blunt end with handle
  • e) Scalpel with handle
  • f) Knife,long curved blade, single edged, blunt point with handle
  • g) Ligature needle with handle
  • h) Safety pin
  • i) Spool of wire

Object Materials

  • brass,
  • ivory,
  • mahogany,
  • metal,
  • plating,
  • steel,
  • textile,
  • velvet,
  • wood

Acquisition Detail

  • Manufacturer: S. Maw, Son & Thompson
  • History of Use: Probably belonged to donor, Dr. C.C. Covernton's great grandfather, Dr. Charles William Covernton, who graduated from Edinburgh c.1830. He moved to Simco Ont. 1836. He later moved to Toronto and became one of the 1st President of the Ont. Med. Assoc. 1881-1882.