Medical Silver Catheter, 1880 Arnold & Sons
Catheter - London 1880 by Colen Cheshire - 28cm long; 8.4g - AT/1368
This is a rare piece of medical related silver - a Victorian silver catheter.
Catheters are inserted in to the body to remove fluid (usually the bladder). This antique catheter was most likely given as a presentation piece to a doctor or surgeon. It has a bent outer sheath with a small aperture to one end and an inner wire that pulls out to release the fluid.
This good-sized example is fully hallmarked and includes the name "Arnold & Sons" who were manufacturers of surgical instruments between 1829 and 1928. The catheter is in great condition.