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Size : 15 cm long – 6 ins long
Dental treatment was practised by charlatans and quacks well into the 19 th century and was often a sideline of blacksmiths or of mountebanks who drew teeth as entertainment at fairs ; the cries of the poor sufferer being drowned by raucous music from an assistant . Peter the Great ( 1672 -1725 ) fancied himself as a dentist and had a labelled collection of people’s teeth , no. 23 ‘a bishop of Rostov’ that he had extracted himself upon demand . These can still be seen in his Kunstkammer in the museum in St. Petersburg .
Instruments such as this were known as ‘Clef Anglais’ in France , being first mentioned in 1742 . The early keys had a claw with two points , by 1770 a slight bend had occurred in the shaft and later , a double bend to prevent strain on adjacent teeth .
|Height||15.00 cm||(5.91 inches)|