Tooth Key 18th C Ebony Handled Rotating Lock

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A beautiful French dental tooth key with an unusual mechanism which allow the clasp to be rotated and in the extended position to be used as a pelican.

The bolster is circular with four notches which when secured by a lever on the shaft keep the clasp in the desired position. The lever is sunk into the body of the shaft and pivots up and down when pressure is applied over the thumb rest. The handle is made from Royal Ebony and is finely carved with concentric rings at either end.

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