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Pair of Seventeeth Century Veterinary Fleams

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A rare pair of veterinary fleams, English, circa 1690.


With cast brass scales inlaid with horn which in turn has been inlaid with a design in brass of trailing flowers and leaves.


The blades are stamped HOW.IN LONDON. All blades present although the longest, curved blade of each set has lost the extreme, curled cutting end; the one hooked blade is missing the sharp tip. Various losses to the inlays. 


4 inches x 1 1/8 in


Ephraim How 1652-1720 and his son John ran a successful and productive cutlery factory. They standardised their designs, employed a large workforce and harnessed local water power. They sold from their shop on Saffron Hill near Clerkenwell in London. Ephraim How became master of the Worshipful Company of Cutlers in 1706; his son John How inherited the firm and later turned the firm over to Savigny, in 1720.



Item Code: 4532

£ 750

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