An extremely rare 17th century dental pelican which combines dental forceps and elevator and was referred to as a “Douglas Lever”.
Such mutli-purpose instruments are seldom seen. Bennion cites one of similar function dating to 1620 in ‘Antique Dental Instruments’ and there is one in the archive section of Alex Peck’s site.
This is a beautifully made piece constructed to the highest standard and remarkably for an instrument of this age it is signed “I Hall” in a lettering style consistent with its 17th century origins (see last picture).
- From the Phisick collection