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Dental instruments

Expedition: Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1914-16 (Endurance)
Materials: leather, metal, glass, textile, wax, paper
Dimensions: 190mm (width), 120mm (length), 55mm (depth)
Date: 1914-1916
Ref no: Y: 2007/15

A black leather pouch containing a set of S. Maw Son & Sons of London '1905 Pattern' dental instruments (9 instruments plus an empty space for one more), a key in a packet, and an information leaflet. The set is said to have been taken on the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1914-16 (Endurance) by James McIlroy, expedition surgeon.

Physical description:

A black leather pouch containing set of '1905 Pattern' dental instruments. The sides of the pouch flap in and the pouch rolls up. The inside of the top flap of the pouch is marked in gold with 'S. MAW. SON & SONS. LONDON // TRADE MARK'. Down the centre of the case is a strip of leather stitched to form ten loops, nine of which contain metal dental instruments: a pair of tweezers (123mm in length), stamped 'ARNOLD & SONS // LONDON'; a mouth mirror with a screw adjustment (123mm in length), stamped 'ALLEN & HANBURYS // LONDON // 2'; a fixed mouth mirror (161mm in length), marked '5 // MAW. LONDON'; a pair of tooth forceps (147mm in length), marked 'MAW // LONDON' and 'Lower Molar 4'; a pair of tooth forceps (156mm in length), marked 'MAW // LONDON' and 'Upper Molar Right 2'; an elevator (147mm in length), marked with an arrow; a pair of tooth forceps (151mm in length), marked 'Upper Incisors and Stumps 5'; a pair of tooth forceps (156mm in length), marked 'MAW // LONDON' and 'Upper Molar Left 3'; a pair of tooth forceps (146mm in length), marked 'MAW // LONDON' and 'Lower Incisors and Stumps 1'. Inside the top flap of the pouch is an information leaflet made of waxed canvas which details the contents of the pouch, and there is also a small paper envelope containing the key to the pouch.

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