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Pocket surgical instrument set, Sheffield, England, 1901-1950

This pocket-sized set is packed full with a range of instruments and materials that would have enabled a medical practitioner to carry out a variety of treatments and minor surgical procedures, such as giving injections and stitching wounds. The metal case and instruments allow the set to be sterilised easily. The set was made by J Gray & Son, a surgical instrument maker in Sheffield, England, in the first half of the twentieth century.

Object number:

1979-183 Pt1

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Set of instruments to be used for surgery. A physician would often build up their own collection of favoured tools in order to feel as comfortable as possible when carrying out surgery.

Glossary: aseptic

Free from bacterial contamination; surgically sterile or sterilized.