This cool antique speculum came from the estate of a doctor and is in excellent condition.
A speculum (Latin for “mirror”; plural specula or speculums) is a medical tool for investigating body orifices, with a form dependent on the orifice for which it is designed. In old texts, the speculum may also be referred to as a diopter or dioptra.
Vaginal and anal specula were used by the ancient Greeks and Romans, and speculum artifacts have been found in Pompeii.
A vaginal speculum, developed by J. Marion Sims, consists of a hollow cylinder with a rounded end that is divided into two hinged parts, somewhat like the beak of a duck. The speculum is inserted into the vagina to dilate it for examination of the vagina and cervix.
If you collect medical items then this is an absolute must have for your collection! And if you don’t, it definitely makes for one hell of a conversation piece!