Another Key of “Improved Construction” (4 slides)
Some keys may have been used for several purposes.
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Worn Improved Construction KeyThis second "improved" key (A147.172) shows significant signs of wear.University of the Pacific Permanent Collection, Donor: Maurice J. Owens, DDS
Damaged ClawThe claw tip is blunted and broken.
Repaired HandleThe damaged mahogany handle was repaired by pounding lead wedges into the gaps that had developed between it and the shaft.
Distressed HandleThe handle ends appear chipped and worn as though occasionally dropped and subsequently smoothed by repetitive use. One would hope this aging key had been used as a tool to repair the owner’s other dental devices, rather than as a tooth pulling instrument!