An elegant and decorative amputation saw of medium size, late 17th century

An elegant and decorative amputation saw of medium size, late 17th century

550 euros

Circa

end of 17th century

Countries of manufacture

Germany, France

Categories: Medicine, Surgical instruments

Description

A very fine example of an early medium-size amputation saw with a boxwood handle and measuring 42 cm lenght and the blade only 25 cm.

The frame of the saw is quite elegante with a crown-shape at its top and a zoomorphic end. The instrument is made in high quality steel. I suppose the saw is French or German.

The condition is generally very excellent with nice patina.

 

Wilbur describes this kind of saw like a “La Fay’s bone saw, forunner of metacarpal Bell’s saw”. Indeed the small size of the frame indicates that this saw was certainly for small limb. But this example is clearly earlier than 1740s’ with the zoomorphic end and the boxwood handle.

 

A little rare and interesting model of amputation saw.

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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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