993.717.1: Cranioclast, Braun's, 20th Cent.

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993.717.1: Cranioclast, Braun's.
Image No. 3803 ; Photographer: Helen Kingsley

Object Description

Craniotomy forceps, BRAUN's cranioclast is composed of two curved blades, one fenestrated with serrated internal sides, the other solid with serrated jaws and a roughened side fitting into the first. Single disjointing lap joint and finger lugs placed at the top end of the handles. Manufacturer’s trademark [serpent entwined around a staff with crown (Rod of Asclepius)] stamped into surface. Screw and wingnut missing.

Object Classification

Accession Number: 993.717.1
Collection: Gynaecology/Obstetrics/Contraception
Date: 20th Cent.

Object Dimensions

  • Length: 37.5 cm
  • Width: 8.3 cm

Object Parts

  • a) Fenestrated side
  • b) Solid side

Object Materials

  • nickel plate,
  • steel

Acquisition Detail

  • Manufacturer: Jetter & Scheerer
  • Supplier: Kny-Scheerer Corporation
  • History of Use: A cranioclast was used to crush and extract the skull of a fetus to facilitate delivery in cases of obstructed labour. Their use was advocated only after all else had failed to remove the deceased fetus.