A fine tracheotomy set in ivory, silver and ebony in a fitted purple silk and velvet lined leather case signed H J Hills.
Tracheotomy (synonymous with Tracheostomy) is the surgical procedure where an incision is made into the trachea, through the neck, and a tube inserted so as to make an artificial opening in order to assist breathing. This pristine set dating to the last quarter of the 19th Century was made by the London instrument maker Henry J. Hills supplier to Guys Hospital. See his advert from 1874. The introducers and knives have ivory handles and the knives signed Hills King Street Borough. The retractors have ebony handles and all are original to the set, the combination of ivory and ebony instrument being common practice at this time. The tracheotomy tubes and their sheaths are in unmarked solid silver.
- From the Phisick collection