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Gigli Saw

Gigli Saw
This saw -- 16 inches long, with ornate ivory handles -- would have been used by an orthopedic surgeon in the mid-nineteenth century to cut through bone. The flexible cutting portion of the saw is composed of chain links, sharp on one side and smooth on the other. The handles afforded a firm grip for the practitioner as the rocking motion of the chain executed a delicate cut.

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