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Date Made/Found: n.d.
Dimensions: Overall: 42 x 126mm (1 5/8 x 4 15/16in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: L7.9.75.93
These forceps or surgical tongs were made by the celebrated Sheffield scissor-maker Edwin Hunter in the early to mid 1800s. They were exhibited at the 1851 Great Exhibition at the Crystal Palace in London as part of Hunter’s prize winning scissors display along with 229 other pairs "of every size and pattern". John Tallis, a visitor to the exhibition, wrote a detailed account of Hunter’s display describing the great variety of scissors on show, including: “a group of surgeons’ scissors, curved, angular and distorted into every imaginable shape, for difficult operations”.
Display Location: In Store
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