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Natural History Specimen, Antique Sawfish Bill Rostrum

Sawfish Bill Rostrum
Early 20th Century
Mounted on a wooden plaque
38 x 6.75 inches sawfish bill
44.25 x 12.25 inches, wooden plaque

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An antique sawfish rostrum natural history specimen, mounted to a wooden display plaque. The so-called saw — technically referred to as the rostrum — is the long, thin flat snout edged with opposing pairs of teeth from a knifetooth sawfish (Anoxypristis cuspidate).  This particular example is unusually wide and long.

Sawfish, like sharks, skates and rays, belong to a group of fish whose skeletons are made of cartilage rather than bone. They are most akin to rays, though they have shark-like bodies. They use their saw-like snouts to locate, stun, and kill prey.

Condition: Sawfish bill generally very good with the usual overall light wear. Few minor breaks and chips to some teeth. Wooden plaque generally very good with some minor wear and warping. Wooden plaque has wire to hang on wall; sawfish bill removable from plaque.

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Late 19th/Early 20th Century