Folding Vectis with ebony handles

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An early 19th Century obstetric vectis used to facilitate obstructed and delayed labour in a similar way to forceps, but because there was only the one blade they were often referred to as “Levers”.

This example folds neatly at its mid point allowing it to be easily carried by the physician making his house calls. The handle is made from ebony.

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