Obstetrical Forceps

Obstetrical Forceps

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The form of these obstetrical forceps was associated with Hugh Lenox Hodge (1796-1873), professor of obstetrics at the University of Pennsylvania. The "KUEMERLE" inscription refers to Martin Kuemerle, a manufacturer of surgical pumps and syringes in Philadelphia from 1838 to 1860, or to his son, John F. Kuemerle, who managed the firm in the 1860s. These forceps belonged to Dr. Jane Blake Fernald (1835-1871). As Nancy Jane Blake, she earned a medical degree from the Female Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1861.
Ref: Hugh Lenox Hodge, The Principles and Practice of Obstetrics (Philadelphia, 1864).
George Tiemann & Co., Armamentarium Chirurgicum (New York, 1879), p. 103.
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Object Name
Obsetrical Forceps
Date made
About 1860
Blake, Nancy Jane
Associated Name
Kuemerle, Martin
overall: 4.6 cm x 10.7 cm x 43.5 cm; 1 13/16 in x 4 3/16 in x 17 1/8 in
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Credit Line
Douglass Adams
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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