Category: Pre 19th Century Instruments
Estimated Date: 1750
Description: 5” long with 1.5” wooden knob shaped handle. The body of the instrument, which is steel, ends with an arc, which is subtended by a hook shaped arm, the distance between the arm and the arc is adjusted by a screw mechanism activated by turning the handle.The entire device could be placed over the tooth and then the arm tightened to hold it firm. The arm is notched and the there are ridges on the arc to enhance the grip. This ancient “plier” probably broke more teeth and jaw bones than it fixed. The pelican was invented by Guy de Chauliac.
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