W. Skidmore & Company Ltd.
Date Made/Found: around 1974
Material and Medium: Stainless steel
Dimensions: Overall: 5 x 11 x 252mm (3/16 x 7/16 x 9 15/16in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: 1976.580
This is a 'Sims' type curette made of stainless steel. It was manufactured in Sheffield by W Skidmore & Company Ltd, around 1974.
A curette is a surgical instrument designed for removal of tissue or debris. At the tip of the curette is a small scoop with a hole in the centre to allow fluid to slow through. Surgeons use a curette to remove part of the lining or contents of the uterus when there is abnormal or excess tissue.