A French surgical trocar with hallmarked silver sheath and ebony handle in its fitted hinged case.
This trocar would have been used to aspirate fluid containing cavities. The silver sheath fits perfectly over the pointed steel introducer which would puncture the walls of the cavity (abscess, pleural effusion, abdominal ascites etc) . The introducer would then be removed leaving the sheath in place to allow drainage. The case is made from lacquered card with a hinged top and brass catch. The appearance of the instrument is typical of French trocars dating to the mid 18th century. The sheath has an unidentified French silver makers hallmark or poinçon argent.
- From the Phisick collection