Post mortem saw made by Disston, Henry & Sons Keystone Saw Works Inc. Philadelphia, circa 1848.
Used for post mortems in a Victorian mental hospital, for opening the skull, circa 1848-1950.

Physical Description

Post mortem saw is shaped like a small carpenter's tenon saw. It has an almost straight tension blade of cast steel (very slightly tapered away from handle end,) a heavy brass fixed spine and very fine even teeth. It has an ornately-shaped, wooden, carpenter's saw handle with horned hand-grip at the top which is attached to the top corner of the broader end of the blade, angled slightly upward by 3 brass rivets, one wider on the top bearing the trade mark.

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