993.1168.1: Stem Pessary, c. 1930

Additional Images

993.1168.1: Stem Pessary.
Image No. 1402 ; Photographer: Helen Kingsley

Object Description

Stem pessary. Contraception device. 'Wishbone' form - 2 prongs brought together for insertion into the cervix and then released to protrude inside the uterus. Intended to be removed, cleaned and replaced after each period. 'SKLAR GERMANY' & 'M' stamped into base.

Object Classification

Accession Number: 993.1168.1
Collection: Gynaecology/Obstetrics/Contraception
Date: c. 1930

Object Dimensions

  • Height: 5 cm
  • Diameter: 2.2 cm

Object Parts

Object Materials

  • silver alloy

Acquisition Detail

  • Manufacturer: Sklar Manufacturing Co., Inc.
  • Owner: Dr. N.M. Arnott
  • History of Use: Intracervical devices popular in Europe during 1930s. 2 forms: cervical plug and 2 pronged, such as above. See 'Tales of Contraception', Percy Skuy.