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Tooth Burnishers

Ever since I came across 'tooth burnishers' whilst skim reading (I presume) A Treatise Concerning The Arte of Limning by Nicholas Hilliard, I became rather fascinated. I believe it was weasel-tooth burnishers which were mentioned, for burnishing the gold details on miniature portraits. Dog-tooth burnishers were and are far more prevalent in general, and can still be bought today - although they are made from agate which has been shaped to simulate a dog's tooth and are used most in bookbinding (again, for gilding).

Burnishers are one of my favourite tools, and generally underused by jewellers - except perhaps in stone-setting (I am talking about steel burnishers, here). In my opinion, nothing sets off a matte surface on metal like a burnished edge.
I am also rather interested in teeth, and have quite a collection of real, porcelain, acrylic, plaster models and various paraphernalia and associated tools. So, I determined to make a collection of various (tooth) burnishers...…

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