Crow's bill dental forceps

1801-1910 in Macedonia

Buy this image as a print 

License this image for commercial use at Science and Society Picture Library

Group shot on dark backgrund showing from left to right A621720 Dental forceps, very crude construction, iron, probably
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Crow's bill dental forceps, steel, crude, for lower roots, owned by a Sarajevo barber surgeon, Yugoslavia

Dental forceps used for tooth pulling have been around for centuries. These crow’s bill forceps (on the left) are crudely made and are so called because of their shape. They would have been used to remove the roots of the teeth and were owned by a barber-surgeon located in Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina, formerly part of Yugoslavia. Tooth pulling was carried out by a range of people including barber-surgeons and travelling practitioners and was the only remedy for diseased teeth. Dentistry did not become a regulated and licensed profession until the late 1800s. They are shown here with another pair of dental forceps (A621720).


Object Number:
complete and iron
dental forceps, dentistry (extraction) and crow's bill, dental forceps, dentistry (extraction) and lower roots
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • dental equipment
  • dental instrument

Cite this page


We encourage the use and reuse of our collection data.

Data in the title, made, maker and details fields are released under Creative Commons Zero

Descriptions and all other text content are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 licence

Using our data


Download catalogue entry as json

View manifest in IIIF viewer

Add to Animal Crossing Art Generator

Download manifest IIIF

Our records are constantly being enhanced and improved, but please note that we cannot guarantee the accuracy of any information shown on this website.