Cautery Iron


Cautery is a method of destroying tissue by applying a hot tool to flesh to stop bleeding. This cautery iron was one of the first medical instruments acquired for the Smithsonian in 1898.

Date Made: 19th Century

Location: Currently not on view

Subject: MedicineSurgeryRelated Event: Jamestown Tercentennial Exposition


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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1993.0001.01Catalog Number: 1993.0001.01Accession Number: 1993.0001Catalog Number: 143076

Object Name: Cautery Ironcautery iron

Physical Description: metal, iron (overall material)wood (overall material)cork (overall material)black (overall color)Measurements: average spatial: 4 cm x 32.7 cm; 1 9/16 in x 12 7/8 inoverall: 1 1/2 in x 12 7/8 in x 1 3/4 in; 3.81 cm x 32.7025 cm x 4.445 cm


Record Id: nmah_1133611

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