Student Dissecting Kit


Beginning biology and botany students have long used simple sets of instruments to dissect plants and animals. The Clay-Adams Company of New York, a maker of teaching apparatus and surgical supplies, sold this example . The set includes a dropping pipette for transferring liquids, a pair of scissors, a teasing needle with wooden handle and straight metal point, a scalpel, dissecting forceps, and a 6-inch (15 cm.) plastic rule. A second needle is missing. The instruments fit in a black leatherette case with a green lining.

In 1949, Clay-Adams offered such kits for $2.00 each or $20.40 for a dozen. Kits similar to this one, but with slight variations in case and instruments, were sold by Clay-Adams and other companies in the mid-1960s, and could be purchased with funds supplied by the National Defense Education Act.

Location: Currently not on view

Subject: Surgery


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Credit Line: June W. Leonard

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1991.0689.12Accession Number: 1991.0689Catalog Number: 1991.0689.12

Object Name: dissecting kitsurgical set

Physical Description: metal (overall material)plastic (overall material)leatherette (overall material)Measurements: average spatial: 2.5 cm x 7.7 cm; x in x 3 1/16 in


Record Id: nmah_1112037

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