Posted 1 year ago
I have a half dozen of these, both designs. I ran across this one so thought I would post it for input from others. The advertisement IS NOT mine, it is a 1940's ad I found on the internet.
It seems these were originally used as a scalpel and then as a steel eraser. On a UK web site they refer to it as a fleam scalpel.
This is from the internet:
Scalpel/eraser. This surgeon's tool actually had a dual purpose. Pre-Civil War documents were printed on vellum (thin layer of sheep's skin). When a mistake was made the writer would simply scrape the area and rewrite.
This has the J. RODGERS & SONs hallmarks.
Anyone else have info to share by chance?