A 19th century’ variation of the chain ecraseur which is less common than the classic Chassaignac’s pattern.
It comes with a fine crosshatched ebony handle, the original chain, and it is in perfect working order. It was used for treatment of haemorrhoids when the chain was looped over the offending tissue and tightened using the screw mechanism, hence stopping the circulation by strangulation. It was also used to removed uterine tumours or polyps and was preferred in these cases because the process of crushing with a chain produced less bleeding than excisions made with with a scalpel.
- From the Phisick collection