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A mystery object

Amidst the records of one nineteenth-century asylum, a ‘Pathological lab scrapbook’ documents the interests of the asylum doctors in a striking visual narrative of limb deformities, brain sections, and photomicrographs. You can read more about that scrapbook here, but today I’m issuing you a challenge: do you know what this item is, below?

It appears towards the end of scrapbook, stuck to a page with no accompanying explanation, but likely dates to the 1890s. Is it something akin to Volkmann’s spoon, used to delicately remove diseased tissue or bone? Or is it something completely unrelated to scientific endeavours, stuck into the book by a playful doctor? Please leave your suggestions in the comments box below – I’d love to know what this is!

– Jennifer Wallis