Civil War-era bullet screw, with checkered-ebony handle, by Charriere, the renowned French instrument maker. Charriere’s firm supplied surgical instruments to both Union and Confederate forces. Length, including handle: 8.5″. Bullet screws were used to probe for and remove small projectiles lodged in the body (e.g., musket balls and bullets). Barely noticeable and stable hairline in handle: it can be seen in enlarged view of handle at bottom of image. Happy to provide additional images.
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