998.1.4: Forceps, Elevating, Uterine, 1940-1970

Additional Images

998.1.4: Forceps, Elevating, Uterine. SOMER's uterine elevating forceps
Image No. 3822 SOMER's uterine elevating forceps; Photographer: Helen Kingsley

Object Description

SOMER's uterine elevating forceps with curved fenestrated serrated jaws, disjointing arms, extra long ratchet and ring handles. Manufacturer’s trademark [serpent entwined around a staff with crown (Rod of Asclepius)] and supplier's name 'INGRAM & BELL' stamped into surface. Also 'R.W.I.' and '14' stamped into both arms.

Object Classification

Accession Number: 998.1.4
Collection: Anaesthesiology
Date: 1940-1970

Object Dimensions

  • Length: 23 cm
  • Width: 3.5 cm
  • Depth: 10.5 cm

Object Parts

  • a) Arm
  • b) Arm with ratchet extension

Object Materials

  • plating,
  • steel

Acquisition Detail

  • Supplier: Ingram & Bell Ltd.
  • Owner: Dr. William Edward French
  • History of Use: Used by Dr. Bill French [1920-1992] who was a general surgeon at the Burris Clinic, Kamloops British Columbia circa 1952 to 1972. In 1972 he joined the Workers Compensation Board in Vancouver and moved to Tsawwassen.