993.719.1: Perforator, Cranial, 20th Cent.

Additional Images

993.719.1: Perforator, Cranial.
Image No. 3826 ; Photographer: Helen Kingsley

Object Description

SIEBOLD type perforator with sharp external cutting edge, disjointing arms and ring handles. Manufacturer’s trademark [serpent entwined around a staff with crown (Rod of Asclepius)] stamped into the surface.

Object Classification

Accession Number: 993.719.1
Collection: Gynaecology/Obstetrics/Contraception
Date: 20th Cent.

Object Dimensions

  • Length: 29.1 cm
  • Width: 7.3 cm

Object Parts

Object Materials

  • chrome plate,
  • steel

Acquisition Detail

  • Manufacturer: Jetter & Scheerer
  • History of Use: Obstetrical instrument used to perforate the foetal skull prior to collapsing it in case of arrested labour where the mother’s life was at risk or when the fetus had died.