DIMINUTIVE AMPUTATION SAW BY THE BEST
Stock Number: 8469
For sale, a small functional amputation saw from the 18th century. The French maker, Grangeret, was the finest producer of surgical instruments of the period. The saw is fully functional as well as esthetic.
11-1/2 inches (29 cm)
c. last quarter 18th century
Country of manufacture
SMALL AMPUTATION SAW BY THE BEST, French, last quarter 18th century, signed “Grangeret, Paris” and with the maker’s “crowned-H” stamp. Measuring only 11-1/2″ (29 cm) overall, the saw is finely shaped of polished steel, set with a 5″ (13 cm) long blade, a “butterfly” blade-tightening nut, and a fine eight-sided pistol grip handle of ebony. Condition is very fine with traces of old stains. The maker was Pierre Grangeret (c. 1731 – 1802), master cutler, recipient of the “crowned-H” mark in 1772, recorded as cutler to Louis XVI. This saw is a good example of Grangeret’s superior craftsmanship — it is comfortable in the hand, with good heft and balance, it is esthetically a pleasure to look at, and it seems eminently functional. It has an unusual diminutive size, clearly designed for younger patients or for finger amputations.
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David and Yola Coffeen both have enjoyed academic careers, as planetary astronomer and as linguist/educator. But since 1982 (yes, 1982!) they have been full-time dealers in early scientific and medical instruments, under the name Tesseract. Selling primarily by catalogue (over 100 issued so far) they also have a web presence at www.etesseract.com, and can be contacted at email@example.com.