This small pocket case was presented to W. Stevenson by Patrick Heron Watson, F.R.C.S. Stevenson received 2nd prize in Surgery for the 1878-79 session at The University of Edinburgh. The set was made by the surgical instrument maker Young of Edinburgh whose shop was at 58 North Bridge. In the 1865-66 edition of the Edinburgh University Calendar Young's advertisement states "No charge for the Season for Sharpening" for those students who purchased their dissecting kits from his establishment. The leather covered case is rectangular in shape with rounded corners. The octagonal white metal escutcheon on the outer lid is elaborately engraved to Stevenson from Watson. Two brass plated clasps and hooks secure the bottom of the case to the lid. The interior of the case is lined in purple velvet. The set contains ten ebony handled instruments and include the following: curved probe bistourie; pointed curved bistourie, two scalpels, pointed straight bistourie, finger knife, two curved needles and a blunt hook.
Patrick Heron Watson (1832-1907) graduated with an M.D. from the University of Edinburgh in 1853. He was twice the President of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1878 and 1905, and served as Honorary Surgeon to Queen Victoria and Edward VII.
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