Set of amputation instruments in fitted case

Savigny and Co
Circa 1807-1814
This set of tools is thought to have been used in the Peninsular War (1807-1814) between France and the alied forces of England, Spain and Portugal. The maw cutter is likely a later addition.

Originally part of the Raymond Russell collection, London. It was gifted in memory of the donor's son. The Wellcome Trust gifted it to the Medical History Museum in 1964.
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Other Maker
Savigny and Co ▫ instruments & knife
Maw & Sons (estab. 1860, closed Circa 1875) ▫ cutter
steel, brass, varnished wood, velvet, twill, spool of cotton thread, and loose threads
7.2 x 42.2 x 22.2 cm (case)
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Previously University of Melbourne Collection, from the Raymond Russell Collection, London, in memory of Mrs Russell's son, 1967
maker's mark ▫ on blade: 'SAVIGNY & Co.' ▫ saw
maker's mark ▫ on blade: 'SAVIGNY & Co./67-T JAMES ST/LONDON' ▫ long knife
maker's mark ▫ 'S. MAW & SON/LONDON' ▫ cutter
maker's mark ▫ on blade: 'SAVIGNY/& Co' ▫ short and blunt-ended knives
maker's mark ▫ on blade: 'SAVIGNY/& Co/LONDON' ▫ medium knife
owner's mark/inscriptions ▫ inside, on back edge: 'MU008/67' ▫ case
Object Type
Medical History Museum Category


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