993.718.1: Perforator, 20th Cent.

Additional Images

993.718.1: Perforator.
Image No. 3810 ; Photographer: Helen Kingsley

Object Description

SIMPSON's straight perforator with sharp tipped concave blades, a box lock screw joint, crosshatch handles and a single spring articulated handle joint which locks the tip ensuring the blades stay firmly together while entering the foetal skull. Manufacturer 'DOWN LONDON' stamped into the surface.

Object Classification

Accession Number: 993.718.1
Collection: Gynaecology/Obstetrics/Contraception
Date: 20th Cent.

Object Dimensions

  • Length: 30.2 cm
  • Width: 9 cm

Object Parts

Object Materials

  • stainless steel

Acquisition Detail

  • Manufacturer: Down Bros.
  • History of Use: An instrument used to perforate the foetal skull in case of arrested labour where the mother’s life was at risk.