Date Made/Found: 1870-1900
Material and Medium: Steel, rosewood
Dimensions: Overall: 35 x 215 x 312mm (1 3/8 x 8 7/16 x 12 5/16in.)
Department: Decorative Art
This is an amputation saw made from steel and rosewood. It was manufactured by a much respected French instrument maker called Collin & Co, in the late 1800s.
This device combines both forceps to grip and a blade to cut, in one clever tool. It would have been used for bone surgery for amputation of smaller bones. Although quite an unusual design it was common for surgeons and instrument makers to create innovative problem-solving tools. Saws were the most effective way of cutting bone without splintering.
Rosewood is a type of richly coloured wood, often mid brown with darker veining. It is strong and heavy and can be highly polished, making it ideal for handles of many different tools and instruments.