Site display: Normal | Text Only

My Collection | About Us | Teachers

Find objects

Select from more than one or two options below:

Objects search

Can't find what you're looking for? Try the search below.

Ophthalmic instrument set, Paris, France, 1801-1815

  • Thumbnail1
  • Thumbnail2
  • Click the thumbnails to enlarge

Used for surgery on the eye, the instruments in this fine set are made from silver and steel with ivory, ebony or mother of pearl handles. Many of the blades are marked with the name “Grangeret”, a surgical instrument maker working in Paris from 1790 to 1835. Some of the original instruments have been replaced by later designs by other surgical instrument makers. The instrument set was purchased by Henry Wellcome in June 1928 as part of the private collection of Noel Hamonic (active 1850-1928). Sold for £4,400, the collection consisted mainly of surgical instruments.

Object number:




Glossary: ophthalmology

The branch of medicine dealing with the diseases and surgery of the visual pathways (usually the eyes or the brain).

Glossary: ophthalmic instrument set

Group of instruments used by surgeons to perform ophthalmic operations, which are operations that deal with the visual pathways (usually the eyes or brain)