L0058145 Amputation knife, Germany, 1701-1800
Credit: Science Museum, London. Wellcome Images
The curved shape of this amputation knife was common in the early 1700s. Amputation knives became straighter once the practice of leaving a flap of skin to cover the limb stump became the preferred amputation method. Ebony was a common material for handles as it is a hard-wearing wood. This knife was probably made by Eberle in Germany, as indicated by the inscription on the silver blade.

maker: Eberle

Place made: Germany
made: 1701-1800 Published: –

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