Simpson’s Perforator by Harris & Co

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A late 19th example of a cranioclast which was used to crush the foetal skull so as to allow extraction the foetus in the event of arrested labour.

The long heavy handles applied of enormous pressure to the skull and when it collapsed the serrated blades allowed the traction necessary to extract it. The handles are made from a black composite. The instrument is┬ámarked “Medical Supply Association Edinburgh”.

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