17th Century Italian Dental Forceps

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A delightful pair of forceps with the jaws made in the shape of an animal head. Dating to the 17th century these are identical to the dental forceps displayed in the Wellcome museum (see last photograph).

A pair are also present in the Musee Flaubert in Paris and forceps with a similar shaped head can also be seen in the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh documented as dental forceps. They have however been variably been described both as nut crackers and dental forceps.

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