John Sklar (1867-1930) was a Jew from Russia who, after having apprenticed in Germany and England, arrived in the United States in 1885 and established Sklar Surgical Instruments. Many instruments sold by Sklar were actually German-made. The inscriptions on the handle of this tonsillotome read, in part: “Sklar, Germany” and “Pat. 3-18-19, #1297389.”

Ref: Vincenz Mueller, “Tonsil-Remover,” U.S. Patent 1,297,389 (March 18, 1919), assignor to V. Mueller & Co.

“John Sklar Dies; Instrument Maker,” New York Times (March 17, 1930), p. 21.

Maker: J. Sklar Manufacturing Co.

Location: Currently not on view

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Credit Line: Donated by St. Louis Medical Society through Harry O. Cole & Gordon R. Garrett

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1977.0808.024Accession Number: 1977.0808Catalog Number: 1977.0808.024

Object Name: tonsilotometonsillotomeOther Terms: Surgery

Measurements: overall: 1 1/4 in x 5 1/2 in x 6 1/2 in; 3.175 cm x 13.97 cm x 16.51 cm


Record Id: nmah_727012

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