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c.WW1 MILITARY AMPUTATION SAW /|\

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Seller: bettyber (453) 98.9%, Location: Ipswich, Ships to: GB, Item: 132370171487 This Military Field Hospital Amputation Saw bears the British Government's Broad Arrow mark with a capital 'I' beneath it, denoting that it was for use either by the British troops stationed in India, or the Indian Army operating under British control. It has clearly seen good use as there is visible wear to the (presumably nickel) plating on the brass handle and the steel back. The saw easily disassembles into its five component parts which allows the blade to be changed periodically. It was made by Arnold and Sons of London who were top makers of Surgical equipment from 1819 and according to their 1873 catalogue were already supplying military field hospital kits to Her Majesty's government. Here's a link to one sold at Christie's (c.1870)... http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/a-po-surgical-set-arnold-sons-5480097-details.aspx The Christie's example, like the ones in their 1873 catalogue, has a hardwood handle, but by WW1 they had clearly changed to more sterile metal handles. There is one displayed in the National WW1 museum in Kansas City - (pictures available online) - although the WW1 example seems to have a stylistically later handle design with more rounded edges and a completely 'open loop' grip. Given these details, and the style of lettering stamped on the handle, I would place the date of manufacture of this saw to around 1880-1900....perhaps even up to 1910. Given the timeframe and the colonial connection, there's every chance that this may well have seen service in the Boer War and/or WW1. In the Boer War, India was the largest colonial contributor of (auxiliary) troops, and in addition British garrisons stationed in India provided nearly 20,000 fighting men. They brought with them 4 complete field hospitals (3 British, 1 Indian) along with an Indian ambulance corps headed by none other than Mohandas K.Gandhi. Later, in WW1, India supplied more than one million active fighting troops - many serving in German East Africa and most notably at the Western Front. This is a genuinely scarce military item which could no doubt tell a few stories. It may seem gruesome to some, but items such as this clearly saved countless lives in the field, and I doubt that many examples survive in this condition to this day. Definitely one for the serious collector. Measures over 34cm long. Will be sent via a tracked courier service. Condition: Used, Type: Amputation Saw, Era: 1816-1913, Conflict: World War I (1914-1918), Service: Army, Country/ Organization: Colonial India, Issued/ Not-Issued: Issued, Country/Region of Manufacture: United Kingdom

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