993.32.1: Trocar Set, 1866-1925

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993.32.1: Trocar Set. Set of three trocars with canula, in case
Image No. 2916 Set of three trocars with canula, in case; Photographer: Helen Kingsley

Object Description

Set of three trocars with canula, in case. Tan leather covered wooden case with catch, lined with blue velvet [base] and padded silk [lid]. Large, medium and small size trocars with ebony cross hatch handles and steel shafts with pointed ends. Silver canula slide over the shafts to expose the pointed ends, 'ARNOLD&SONS' stamped into all three canula. Manufacturer's label on inner lid surface 'ARNOLD & SONS SMITHFIELD LONDON'. Case dimensions given.

Object Classification

Accession Number: 993.32.1
Collection: Surgery, General
Date: 1866-1925

Object Dimensions

  • Length: 18.9 cm
  • Height: 4 cm
  • Width: 6.1 cm

Object Parts

  • a) Velvet lined case base with catch
  • b) Silk lined case lid
  • c) Trocar [large size]
  • d) Canula
  • e) Trocar [medium size]
  • f) Canula
  • g) Trocar [small size]
  • h) Canula

Object Materials

  • copper alloy,
  • cotton wool,
  • ebony,
  • gold print,
  • leather,
  • metal,
  • silk,
  • silver plate,
  • steel,
  • velvet,
  • wood

Acquisition Detail

  • Manufacturer: Arnold & Sons
  • Owner: Dr. Edward Charles Hart
  • History of Use: Dr. Edward Charles Hart [1871-1960], born in Nova Scotia, he graduated from McGill University in 1894. He practiced for 3 years in the Maritimes before moving to Victoria B.C. in 1897. He became coroner of the City of Victoria in 1898, a post he held for 62 years. He was connected with the Army for many years as doctor at Work Point Barracks, though continuing in private practice. When World War I broke out, he went overseas where he served for nearly six years, rising to the rank of Colonel, and obtaining the C.M.G. [Companion of St. Michael and St. George]. He was a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a Senior Member of the Canadian Medical Association.