A catlin (or catling) is a long, double-bladed surgical knife that was in common use from the 17th to the mid-19th century. This example has a steel blade, ebony handle, and "GEMRIG / PHILA." inscription.

Maker: Gemrig, John H.Gemrig, Jacob H.

Location: Currently not on view

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Credit Line: Elizabeth F. Wolfley, Eleanor Wolfley Bisell, Caroline Wolfley Shannon and Elizabeth Wolfley Harman

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MG.112986.01.14Accession Number: 112986Catalog Number: 112986.01.14M-02999

Object Name: Knifeknifesurgical setOther Terms: Knife; Cutting Tool; Amputationol

Physical Description: metal, steel (overall material)wood, ebony (overall material)Measurements: overall: 5/8 in x 14 1/2 in x 1 in; 1.5875 cm x 36.83 cm x 2.54 cm


Record Id: nmah_1054451

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