Illustration for article titled This is a surgical amputation kit from the 19th century. That is all.

It looks beautiful and elegant — until you imagine someone performing an actual amputation using these tools. Probably with not terribly great anesthetic or antibiotics. What do you think the curved one is for?


These implements are on display at Drexel University as part of an exhibition called "A Legacy of Art, Science & Industry: Highlights from the Collections of Drexel University." Just don't try and borrow them or use them at home, please.


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