Trephining instrument set in fitted case

Savigny and Co
Circa 1840
This trephining set belonged to Edward Barker (1816-1885), the first lecturer in Surgery at the University of Melbourne.

Edward Barker (1816-1885), FRCS Eng, MD Melb. held the position of house surgeon at the University College Hospital, London. He arrived in Victoria in 1840 as one of the early colonists, and in 1851 was elected surgeon to the Benevolent Asylum. In 1852 he was chosen as one of the honorary surgeons at the Melbourne Hospital, a connection he retained for 23 years. When Melbourne Medical School was founded in 1862 Barker was appointed Lecturer in Surgery a year later, a position he held until 1880. Barker was also one of the founders of the Medical Society of Victoria and became its President. Two of his sons studied Medicine. Barker's Road, Kew, is named after Edward.
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Object detail

brass, steel, ebony, bristles, wood, paint, varnish and velvet
5.2 x 20.6 x 10.2 cm (case)
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Previously University of Melbourne Collection, gift of Mrs R Angus, 1971
owner's mark/inscriptions ▫ on lid plate: 'Edward Barker' ▫ case
maker's mark ▫ 'SAVIGNY/& CO' ▫ MHM00058.1 - axe-head instrument
maker's mark ▫ 'SAVIGNY/& Co/LONDON' ▫ knife
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