Pocket surgical instrument set, Germany, 1851-1900
This instrument set is easily portable, designed to fit into a surgeon’s or physician’s pocket. It contains two folding scalpels in tortoiseshell cases, a bistoury, a catheter, a tongue depressor, scissors, ophthalmic forceps, forceps for applying bandages, and a needle holder. The maker’s name, Windler, is marked on some of the objects. H Windler was a German surgical instrument maker working in the mid 1800s.
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blade that is used to depress the tongue to allow for inspection of the mouth and throat
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