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Surgical instrument set

Item ref: MUS08
surgical instrument set

This set, made by Evans of London, contains instruments for amputation and trepanation - two of the most commonly performed operations in the early nineteenth-century. Almost complete, it comprises of an amputation saw and amputation knives, a metacarpal saw, a screw tourniquet, curved needles, artery forceps, bone cutting forceps, spring skull forceps, a skull saw, a trephine with detachable handle, and a bone brush. The instruments are held within in a fitted walnut case lined with red velvet.

MUS09 Dentist scaling the Ladies Teeth

Item ref: MUS09

RCSSC/P 3214 Caricature of an eighteenth-century dentist using a tooth scraper on a female patient, printed for Carington Bowles, London, probably 1770s or 1780s. 

Mezzotint, 20cm by 25cm

MUS10 Easing the Tooth Ache

Item ref: MUS10
tooth ache cartoon

RCSSC/P 3216 Caricature of a dentist pulling a patient's tooth, engraved by T. As (James Gilray), and published by H Humphrey, 1796. 

Coloured stipple engraving, cropped, 13.6cm by 20cm

Tooth Drawer

Item ref: MUS11
Caricature of a dentist

Caricature of a dentist pulling a patient's tooth engraved by T. As (James Gilray), and published by H Humphrey, 1796. Coloured stipple engraving, cropped, 13.6cm by 20cm.

Mid to late 18th century British amputation set

Item ref: MUS12
18th Century amputation set

RCSIC/I 51: The set includes a bow amputation saw with a separate key to tighten or loosed the saw’s blade, a metacarpal saw, forceps for tying ligatures, a curved amputation knife, a part curved amputation knife, a bistoury, and three suture needles stored under an ivory handled lid. The tenaculum is missing. Some instruments are made by Savigny, others are marked by Bodker.

Suggested treatment

Repair the case, clean the velvet, and re-adhere the missing piece on the wooden handle, lightly clean the metal elements, lightly wax, and repair the detached tip of the small knife.

Estimated restoration cost: £1,036

MUS13 Frame - painting of William Cowper

Item ref: MUS13
William Cowper painting William Cowper painting

Portrait painting of William Cowper

Treatment required:

To surface clean the pictures frame, dust the back of the painting, secure the stretcher keys, line the frame rebate with felt, secure the painting back into the frame with brass strips and balsa spacing and fasten a piece of Melinex onto the back of the frame.

Estimated conservation cost: £150

MUS14 Portrait of Astley Paston Cooper, oil on canvas, by Thomas Lawrence, unsigned, 1828

Item ref: MUS14

MUS16 - Charlotte Waite’s Samplers

Item ref: MUS16

MUS15 - Case of post-morem instruments, c1800

Item ref: MUS15