An antique amputation saw made by Down Brothers of London dating to c.1885.
This bone saw measures 31cm, the blade measuring 23.5cm. The handle is stamped with Down Bros. London and is made from brass.
I understand that this dates to the late Victorian period as I found it in a catalogue of surgical instruments and appliances from 1885. You can view the page, from the University of Leeds, here: https://archive.org/details/b21503084/page/16
The brass handle is in good condition with age related wear in various areas which indicate that it has well been used. The blade shows signs of age and use but has been polished to give a wonderful patina.
An excellent addition to a medical collection, an interesting curio for display or an excellent prop for re-enactments or media purposes.
A fascinating, macabre piece of medical history.