Steel bullet extractor, 17th century.

 
Steel bullet extractor, 17th century.
4 0 c m
 
29cm
actual image size: 21cm x 32cm

Description

The use of gunpowder increased in the 15th century, and this affected medicine because wounds caused by guns and cannon were different to those made by swords and arrows. New instruments were devised to extract bullets (many people believed bullet wounds were poisonous). This type of extractor has claws which could be used to grasp the bullet, while other types could be screwed into the soft lead of the bullet before pulling it out.

Image Details

Image Ref.
 
10287752

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