Tonsillotome

Tonsillotome

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Description
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 Sklar instruments 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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
tonsilotome
tonsillotome
Other Terms
Surgery
maker
J. Sklar Manufacturing Co.
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
ID Number
1977.0808.024
accession number
1977.0808
catalog number
1977.0808.024
Credit Line
Donated by St. Louis Medical Society through Harry O. Cole & Gordon R. Garrett
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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