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William Beatty's Amputation Knife

Description

William Beatty was a naval surgeon aboard the HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar. This amputation knife is part of his surgical kit that is held within the College's museum collection. Note the slight curve of the blade of this amputation knife, a popular style during the late 1700s and early 1800s. Curved blades would be replaced by straighter blades in the mid-1800s to ensure more accurate incisions.

Date

c. 1800?

Identifier

2019/6

Physical Object Item Type Metadata

Materials

metal
wood

William Beatty's Amputation Knife

Physical Object Item Type Metadata

Materials

metal
wood

Files

NAN0505A296_William Beatty Knife 5.jpg

Collection

Citation

Laundy; 1783-1843; surgical instrument makers, “William Beatty's Amputation Knife,” Heritage, accessed August 17, 2019, https://heritage.rcpsg.ac.uk/items/show/136.