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Lot 64

19th Century Dental Pelican

Estimate: $800 - $1,200
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19th Century Dental Pelican
In a fitted leather case, with all nine interchangeable jaws. Label inside of lid reads in part: "Inst'te de Chirurgie [Institute of Surgery], L. Mathieu." Circa 1860. With paper insert. 10.25" x 4.25".

Dental pelicans are so-called because they supposedly resemble the shape of a pelican’s beak. They are believed to date back to the 1300s and are among the very earliest instruments designed to remove teeth.

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