Obstetrical Forceps

Obstetrical Forceps

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Description
Obstetrical forceps with a “TIEMANN & CO.” inscription and an ebony handle. While Tiemann referred to this as a Mathews type forceps, the form actually originated with James Mathews Duncan (1826–1890), a private assistant to the eminent Scottish obstetrician, Sir James Young Simpson (1811-1870). According to one account, Duncan “modified Simpson’s forceps by making the handles shorter and covering them with checquered wood. The shoulders near the articulation in Simpson’s forceps were also omitted.”
Ref: George Tiemann & Co., Armamentarium Chirurgicum (New York, 1879), p. 106.
Kedarnath Das, Obstetric Forceps: Its History and Evolution (Calcutta, 1929), p. 393.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Forceps
obstetrical forceps
Other Terms
Forceps; Delivery
place made
United States: New York, New York City
associated place
United States: Wisconsin, West Allis
Physical Description
metal, steel (overall material)
wood, ebony (overall material)
cast (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 8.3 cm x 7.5 cm x 41.6 cm; 3 1/4 in x 2 15/16 in x 16 3/8 in
ID Number
MG.316358.17
catalog number
316358.17
accession number
316358
Credit Line
from Edgar Haybeck, M.D., Obstetric & Gynecology, Centreal Medico-Surgical Clinic, West Allis WI
subject
Women's Health
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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