PRISTINE POCKET DENTAL TOOL SET, probably English, c. first half 19th century. The 3″ x 5″ (8 x 13 cm) fitted carrying case is bound in fine dark fishskin and lined in red velvet. It contains the original complete set of six dental tools — knife, lancet, plugger, and three scalers of quite different shapes — all in polished steel with fine turned handles. Condition is excellent noting hairline cracks to the handles. An especially fine example of portable dental kit.
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