A man making surgical scissors, Allen and Hanbury's Ltd, Allenbury Street, Tower Hamlets, Greater London

A man making surgical scissors, Allen and Hanbury's Ltd, Allenbury Street, Tower Hamlets, Greater London
Photograph taken 26 February 1939 © Source: Historic England Archive ref: med01_01_0182

The man at the bench is making surgical instruments, in this case scisors. He is cutting the scissor's teeth, making sure that jaws meet perfectly and that curves and contours are correct. Allen and Hanburys Ltd was established in 1715. Their factory at Bethnal Green opened in 1874 and it was here that the administrative tasks and scientific research of the firm was undertaken, along with the manufacturing of operating tables and a wide array of surgical instruments.