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Den­tal Sur­geon Dr Willem Halm and Jonathon Traynor both cor­rectly iden­ti­fied last week’s mys­tery item.

Dr Halm said the in­stru­ment was a rough home­made copy of a tool for tooth ex­trac­tion [in an­i­mals] in the 1800s.

“The idea was to put the bul­bous part against the mu­cosa cov­er­ing the bone over the root and the metal el­e­ment over the crown to hook on to the other side be­low the coro­nal bulge and twist and thus lever the tooth out,” he said.

“Fun­nily, den­tal com­pa­nies have started re­design­ing it for hu­man use.”

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