993.44.1: Toothkey, Double-Clawed, 19th Cent.

Additional Images

993.44.1: Toothkey, Double-Clawed. Double-clawed toothkey with ivory handle
Image No. 2817 Double-clawed toothkey with ivory handle; Photographer: Helen Kingsley

Object Description

Double-clawed toothkey with a double bend in the shaft and an ivory handle. Both claws have three teeth and can be removed by a sliding mechanism on the shaft which raises a pin to release the claws. The claws can be rotated through 90 degrees. The handle is carved with concentric rings at either end. Unsigned.

Object Classification

Accession Number: 993.44.1
Collection: Dentistry
Date: 19th Cent.

Object Dimensions

  • Length: 15.6 cm
  • Width: 9.3 cm

Object Parts

Object Materials

  • iron,
  • ivory

Acquisition Detail

  • Owner: Dr. C. A. Graves
  • History of Use: Brought from England by Anglican missionary Rev. Charles Harrison [appointed (by Project Canterbury) to the The Hydah Mission at Masset in 1882] and given to Dr Graves, a Medical Attendant to the Haida Indians at Masset, Queen Charlotte Islands, in 1912.