993.18.1: Lancet Set, 1840-1860

Additional Images

993.18.1: Lancet Set.
Image No. 2726 ; Photographer: Helen Kingsley

Object Description

Silver etui with 4 thumb lancets. The lancet case has relief decoration over surface and contains 4 thumb lancets which have tortoiseshell guards protecting the blade. No makers marks on the case but each lancet blade has the inscription 'CAPRON A PARIS'.

Object Classification

Accession Number: 993.18.1
Collection: Therapeutics
Date: 1840-1860

Object Dimensions

  • Length: 6.7 cm
  • Width: 3.2 cm
  • Depth: 1.2 cm

Object Parts

  • a) Case with green lined lancet compartments
  • b) Guard and blade lancet
  • c) Guard and blade lancet
  • d) Guard and blade lancet
  • e) Guard and blade lancet

Object Materials

  • paper,
  • plating,
  • silver,
  • steel,
  • tortoiseshell

Acquisition Detail

  • Manufacturer: Capron
  • Owner: Dr. Theodore Franklin Wilkie
  • History of Use: Also used to lance boils, infected wounds, etc. Used by Dr. Theo F. Wilkie [1925-1977] who graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1952. He spent five years in general practice on Salt Spring Island B.C. and was later on staff at Richmond General Hospital and St Joseph Hospital. As a plastic surgeon he was very interested in cosmetic surgery, but is known for his operation for the treatment in children with cerebral palsy. Dr. Wilkie was a founding member of The Canadian Society for Aesthetic (Cosmetic) Plastic Surgery.