This is a surgical amputation kit from the 19th century. That is all.

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?

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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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starlionblue
Starlionblue

I'll take a guess and say the curved one is for snagging arteries. Or maybe so the surgeon can pick bone shards out of his teeth after the op.