Ebony handled trephine
A decoratively shaped ebony handle with interchangeable large and small skull drills. The blued steel circular saw blade and slide contrasts with the lacquered brass shaft and ebony handle. Although unsigned, it is likely the earliest and certainly the most striking trephine we have had. The two drills are 9/16” and 13/16” in diameter, untapered, with a slightly wider rim to limit penetration to 5/8”. The ebony handle is 4” long (to the tips of the turned points). A retractable steel center guide is operated by a blued steel thumb screw. A blued steel slide covers the slot in the brass shaft. We welcome inquiries from anyone trying to complete a cased set as to exact dimensions of this and the Snowden instruments listed above. Very fine condition, with normal use scratches of the lacquered brass.
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