An French amputation saw with original handle. The saw is signed but the name cannot be deciphered. This amputation saw is typical of designs from the 18th C. The original blade is held by locking nuts and it has an ornate frame and a ebony turned handle which is fixid with a wrought Iron heart at the end. Unfortunately for patients, these decorative features provided an ideal environment in which germs could thrive. Length of the saw 54 cm.
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Van Leest Antiques, based in Utrecht in the Netherlands, specialises in antique scientific and medical instruments. Their collection covers mainly scientific and medical antique instruments: barometers, globes and planataria, nautical instruments, anatomical models, and pharmacy items. Toon Van Leest travels regularly in Europe and visits trade fairs, auctions, and antique dealers to collect stock and to find pieces to fulfil his clients' unusual requests.
As well as being an avid antique collector and dealer, Toon Van Leest is also a dentist. He believes that antiques are a stable investment, not reliant on trends or fashion, and have truly lasting value. Above all, he says, antiques are timeless and never lose their beauty.