Amputation knife, Germany, 1701–1800

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Amputation knife, Germany, 1701–1800. The curved shape of this amputation knife was common in the early 1700s. Amputation knives became straighter once the practice of leaving a flap of skin to cover the limb stump became the preferred amputation method. Ebony was a common material for handles as it is a hard-wearing wood. This knife was probably made by Eberle in Germany, as indicated by the inscription on the silver blade. Contributors: Science Museum, London. Work ID: ej5dtpav.

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