No prize was awarded for guessing the mystery item in the last issue of the HMM Newsletter, but there are Honourable Mentions for two of our members for trying. Avid Newsletter reader Dr Richard Bailey, of the Australian Society of Anaesthetists, suggested (among other things) a vegetable peeler - an item of domestic technology with which he apparently has some familiarity. Prof. H.F. Atkinson, of the Dental Museum at the University of Melbourne, sent a photograph of a lancet (above) and a dental excavator (below), which have a passing resemblance to the mystery item.
Incidentally, Ann is the author of a beautiful book on antique medical chests, listed in 'Reading matter' in this issue of the HMM Newsletter.
And now for mystery item that is really tricky because the photograph (below) does not reproduce well in our black-and-white newsletter. The velvet-lined leather case (from memory, considerably less than 30 cm long) and its contents were photographed at the Royal Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists several years ago. Does anyone (including the curator at RACOG) know what these items are, or what they are part of? A small prize for the best answer.