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Bow-frame amputation saw, Europe, 1601-1700

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This amputation saw is typical of designs from the 1600s. The blade is held by locking nuts and it has an ornate frame and a mahogany handle in the shape of an animal. Unfortunately for patients, these decorative features provided an ideal environment in which germs could thrive. The saw was purchased from the private collection of Noel Hamonic (active 1850-1928) by Henry Wellcome in 1928. maker: Unknown maker Place made: Europe

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