A rare dental Archimede drill in steel, brass and ebony, early 19th century

A rare dental Archimede drill in steel, brass and ebony, early 19th century



22/25 cm lenght


circa 1800

Country of manufacture

UK and Ireland

Categories: Dentistry, Surgical instruments


Rare and early dental Archimede drill signed “Fenn”, probably English, early 19th century. 


The drive shaft is made of steel, the swiveling gear head is made of pink brass (therefore a high proportion of copper) or of tin-plated brass, the two handles are made of ebony of which one can be unscrewabled with reserve for drills. 

Only one drill in high quality steel has been preserved. 

This model of dental Archimede drill holders is an early model (for a very close model with ivory handels see Bennion, Antique dental instruments, page 67, photo 70). 

The signature “Fenn” is unknown. 

This dental drill is large : 22 cm lenght without drill bit, 25cm with. The usual models are smaller and measure about 15 cm. 

The brass parts were formerly cleaned and polished, otherwise a beautiful and rare dentistry instrument in perfect working order.

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FR Le Zograscope

Established by Alexandre Piffault in 2014 and based in Paris, Le Zograscope specializes in antique and rare books in Science, Medicine and Technology, and rare antique instruments in the same fields. We have especially a strong interest in early and continental microscopy, early and special mathematical/drawing instruments, medical and surgical instrument, and rare technology.

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