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A C. 1600 SURGICAL AMPUTATION SAW
A very early capital amputation saw from Jacobean England. The saw is impressed with the H mark of Robert Hobbs, London, fl. c. 1606-1621. Instruments by Hobbs are believed to be the earliest extant English maker-marked surgical instruments. A nearly identical saw is illustrated in John Woodall, The Surgeon's Mate, 1639. This is precisely the saw that one would expect to have been used by Giles Heale, a member of the Barber-Surgeon's Company and the ship's surgeon on the Mayflower, and by Samuel Fuller, the surgeon of Plymouth Colony. 25" long.
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