Smellie's obstetrical forceps, 18th century

Smellie's obstetrical forceps, c 1820.
These are short obstetrical forceps, following the design of the English surgeon William Smellie, 1697-1763, which he described in 1751. The forcep blades are designed with two curves, the cephalic curve to fit the child�s head and the pelvic curve to correspond to the curve of the mother�s pelvis. The blades fit together in deep notches known as the English Lock. This pair of forceps is made out of metal covered in leather and would not have been very easy to clean
 
Currently on display in:
The Science and Art of Medicine
Year made :
1701-1800
Inventory number :
A500206