Ophthalmic instrument set, Paris, France, 1801-1815
Used for surgery on the eye, the instruments in this fine set are made from silver and steel with ivory, ebony or mother of pearl handles. Many of the blades are marked with the name “Grangeret”, a surgical instrument maker working in Paris from 1790 to 1835. Some of the original instruments have been replaced by later designs by other surgical instrument makers. The instrument set was purchased by Henry Wellcome in June 1928 as part of the private collection of Noel Hamonic (active 1850-1928). Sold for £4,400, the collection consisted mainly of surgical instruments.
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The branch of medicine dealing with the diseases and surgery of the visual pathways (usually the eyes or the brain).
Glossary: ophthalmic instrument set
Group of instruments used by surgeons to perform ophthalmic operations, which are operations that deal with the visual pathways (usually the eyes or brain)