M0008261: Midwifery forceps, from Ruff: The Expert Midwife (1637)

October 1941
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M0008261: Midwifery forceps, from Ruff: <i>The Expert Midwife</i> (1637). Public Domain Mark. Source: Wellcome Collection.

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Previous title, replaced September 2020: Forceps, midwifery, book illustration.


Photograph of a woodcut of a pair of midwifery forceps, from Ruff, Jakob: The expert midwife, or an excellent and most necessary treatise of the generation and birth of man…, London : Printed by E. G[riffin for S. B[urton and sold by Thomas Alchorn], [1637]. The photograph was acquired by the Wellcome Historical Medical Museum and accessioned in 1936 (accession number PHO 8271)


October 1941

Physical description

1 photograph glass plate negative; 12 x 16.5 cm

Related material

Wellcome Collection holds the publication depicted in the glass plate negative: EPB/B/5616


Catalogue data comes from a combination of entries in the original glass plate registers, metadata created when the glass plates were digitised in the early 2000s and enhancements made by the cataloguer in 2020.

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Please consult the digitised version as this item is fragile. Email library@wellcomecollection.org to request access to the physical item.

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