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  • Chelsea Williams

    ramirezdahmerbundy: Circumcision Knife - circa 1770 Ritual circumcision is performed around the world in varying extents and for varying reasons, but few instruments used in the process are as intimidating as this European knife from the 18th century.

  • ~timetraveler~

    13 scary vintage medical instruments. Just Cute Pics @Kristin Plucker Plucker Edds

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antique surgical tool.... Just think. Now we take an Advil to cure the same ailment...

Bullet Extractor (1500s) Elongated bullet extractors could reach bullets embedded deeply in the patient’s body. Extractors like this one had a screw tip that could be inserted in the wound and lengthened to pierce the bullet so that it could be pulled out.

Amputation Knife (1700s) Knives used for amputations during the 18th century were typically curved, because surgeons tended to make a circular cut through the skin and muscle before the bone was cut with a saw. By the 1800s, straight knives became more popular because they made it easier to leave a flap of skin that could be used to cover the exposed stump.

Skull Saw (1830s-60s) This hand-cranked saw’s blades were used to cut through sections of the skull, allowing for access by other instruments.

Surgical tools decorated with overlaid gold, Iran 19th century. Courtesy of The Benaki Museum, Athens

Hey, I found this really awesome Etsy listing at

A magnificent set of surgical instruments, German, ca 1600. Ivory, silver fire-gilt, iron.

Cabinet card, portrait of a child with a knife and a chocolate bunny, Wilke, ca. 1880-1900’s

Gorgeous knife - i might have to have a repro done. Dagger knife, Swiss, 12th/13th century.

Physician's surgical chair, 1890. Need this Antique in my Front Room!! For Me!!