Antique surgical head drill - Steel (stainless)

Antique surgical head drill - Steel (stainless)
France - Second half 19th century

This is an antique steel surgical head drill from the 19th century. The drill is not marked but believed to be from France, approximately 1880. The drill is in excellent condition, in particular considering its age.

Drills like this were used to open the skull to either remove fluids, like accumulations of blood (e.g. following a head trauma) or to support removing a bone flap of the skull in order to allow access to the brain (e.g. to perform surgeries on the brain). This approach is still used today, however more advanced and electric drills are used.

This is a scarce and highly collectable item. The photos are an essential part of the description.

Lot details
Antique surgical head drill
Steel (stainless)
Estimated Period
Second half 19th century
Country of Origin
Excellent condition - barely used with minimal signs of aging & wear
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