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  • Jody Pattenden

    i can only dream..... Supernumerary thumb, from Edward M. Foote’s A text-book of minor surgery, 1909

  • Shelia Brown

    Supernumerary thumb, from Edward M. Footes A text-book of minor surgery, 1909

  • Scott

    Supernumerary thumb, I suppose this would be very nice if shooting a single action revolver.

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