Rachitome saw by “J. Hoeff-Ticke Leyden”, mainly a post mortem instrument. The single rachitome was used to cut through the lamina of the spine. The double rachitome was used to cut sections through the cord. The width of the sections could be varied with the screw and nut mechanism.An instrument with solid crosshatch wooden handles and two blades which are fixed with steel screws and brass wing-nut. Signed by J. Hoeff-Ticke Leyden. No cracks on the handles and some oxidation on the saw blades. Length 28 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.