Another Key of “Improved Construction”
Some keys may have been used for several purposes.
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
Worn ClawBlunted, broken claw edge.
Repaired HandleDamaged mahogany handle repaired by pounding lead wedges into the gaps that had developed between it and the shaft.
Damaged 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!