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Arterial forceps

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Accession no.: Y: 59/8/2/83/1-19
Object name: Arterial forceps
Title: Arterial forceps
Description: A green canvas roll case (1) containing eighteen pairs of arterial forceps/haemostats (2-19). From the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1955-58 and part of sledging box No. 27 (Y: 59/8/2/1) containing medical supplies. The set was manufactured by John Bell & Croyden Ltd. of London and was intended to be used with the set of surgical instruments (Y: 59/8/2/84/1-71) also manufactured by John Bell & Croyden Ltd. The forceps manufactured by Arnold and Sons of London (2, 3, 6, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18 and 19), Scholl of London (4, 5, 7, 12 and 17), Chas. F. Thackray Ltd. of Leeds (9 and 15), and Adams of Darome, USA (10), with one by an unknown maker (14).
Classified name:
SPRI theme health
Current place name Antarctic regions
UDC 615.472.1:91(08)
Geographic UDC (*7)
Getty AAT
Number of items: 19
Full description:

Y: 59/8/2/83/1: A green canvas roll case with dark green bias edging and two dark green textile tape ties. The front of the case is printed 'Artery Forceps // For // Service Afloat', and the inside of the case is printed 'Bell & Croyden // London, W.1.'. The case has two side flaps which open up and are printed with images of forceps, and there are four strips of canvas running along the centre of the case which are stitched to form loops to store the forceps. The case contains eighteen pairs of forceps (Y: 59/8/2/83/2-19).

Y: 59/8/2/83/2-19: (2) arterial forceps with ratchet, length 183mm (Arnold); (3) arterial forceps with ratchet, length 132mm (Arnold); (4) arterial forceps with ratchet, length 130mm (Scholl); (5) arterial forceps with ratchet, length 130mm (Scholl); (6) arterial forceps with ratchet, length 129mm (Arnold); (7) arterial forceps with ratchet, length 128mm (Scholl); (8) arterial forceps with ratchet, length 130mm (Arnold); (9) arterial forceps with ratchet, length 129mm (Thackray); (10) arterial forceps with ratchet, length 128mm (Adams); (11) arterial forceps with ratchet, length 181mm (Arnold); (12) arterial forceps with ratchet, length 128mm (Scholl); (13) arterial forceps with ratchet, length 128mm (Arnold); (14) arterial forceps with ratchet, length 133mm; (15) arterial forceps with ratchet, length 133mm (Thackray); (16) arterial forceps with ratchet, length 130mm (Arnold); (17) arterial forceps with ratchet, length 128mm (Scholl); (18) arterial forceps with ratchet, length 129mm (Arnold); (19) arterial forceps with ratchet, length 127mm (Arnold).

Dimensions:
  • Y: 59/8/2/83/1: Width: 540mm, length: 515mm
  • Y: 59/8/2/83/2-19: Length: 183mm
Associated expedition(s):
  • Used on: Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1955-58 (1955 - 1958)
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