Alex Peck Medical, Surgical, and Dental Antiques and Books
Sale Catalogue Recent Additions
Below is a listing of recent additions to the Sale Catalogue.
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Page 1. 1. An antique Civil War amputation and trephination set by Gemrig, Philadelphia. Most of the antique surgical instruments are marked with the Gemrig name and the tourniquet has an 1859 date molded into the buckle. The case is very fine and the red lining is bright.
Page 1. 7. William Cowper, Anatomia corporum humanorum centum et quatuordecim tabulis ... amplius explicata, multique novis anatomicis inventis, chirurgicisque observationibus aucta a Guilielmo Cowper, Nunc primum latinitate donata. Curante Gulielmo Dundass, Brittano M.D. Leiden, Langerak, 1739. 1st Latin edition. Folio with 114 plates.
Page 2. 9. A c. 1810 antique chiropody instrument set made by the famous coutelier Pierre-François Grangeret, Paris, for the Russian Tsar Alexander I (1777-1825). The two scissors are interesting: one is marked A DROITE [right] and the other A GAUCHE [left]; while the inside of the blades show the name GRANGERET and the Grangeret hallmark H surmounted by a crown. Grangeret is France's finest surgical instrument maker of the early 19th century. The lid of the shagreen-covered case is set with a solid gold plaque upon which is artfully engraved Tsar Alexander I's cipher monogram of a uniquely styled letter A topped by the Great Imperial Crown of Russia. Surviving Grangeret records catalogue sales to Napoleon I, Louis XVIII, Charles X, and Tsar Alexander I. Several medical instruments of Peter the Great exist but no other tsar's instruments are noted.
Page 3. 16. A c. 1860 ceramic antique phrenology bust by Lorenzo N. Fowler, 337 Strand, London. The address is that of Fowler's London publisher William Tweedie. Prior to setting-up a permanent office in London on Fleet Street, in 1863, Fowler used Tweedie's establishment as the center of his English business. This is a genuine early example of the iconic antique Fowler phrenology head. ~11.5" tall.
Page 4. 23. A fine Civil War antique minor surgery set by D.W. Kolbe, Philadelphia. The set belonged to Dr. Theophilus H. Turner (1841-1869), Civil War surgeon and paleontologist.
Page 5. 28. A fine c. 1880 antique Cammann binaural stethoscope with tension spring for the ear tubes. The bell is turned from ebony.
Page 7. 46. A c. 1850 antique tonsillotome by Rees, Cincinnati. The handle is ebony.
Page 7. 49. Helkiah CROOKE (1576-1635). Microcosmographia. A Description of the Body of Man. Together with the controversies thereto belonging. Collected and translated out of all the best authors of anatomy especially out of Gasper Bauhinus and Andreas Laurentius. London: William Jaggard, 1616.
Page 9. 58. A c. 1940s Gruen Chrono-Timer doctor's watch with pulsations dial.
Page 9. 60. A c. 1800 antique Culpepper-type microscope with original pyramid case and drawer of accessories.
Page 10. 67. A Victorian antique microscope slide cabinet with 12 drawers.
Page 10. 71. An antique c. 1840 Gould microscope by Cary, London.
Page 11. 74. A c. 1850 antique cautery by Luer, Paris. This antique hot iron cautery has a button tip and the handle is ebony. The instrument was used to burn, sear or destroy tissue. For millennia the hot iron cautery was heated in a fire and employed against tumors and to close wounds and amputations. 32cm long.
Page 12. 89. A fine quality early 19th century antique naturalist's magnifier with its original case.
Page 13. 96. A c. 1880 antique post mortem set by the surgical instrument maker John Dick, Glasgow, with lid cartouche inscribed: Dr. Wiley / Stewarton. Dr. John Wyllie (1853-1917), of Stewarton, Scotland, was a graduate of the University of Glasgow in 1881.
Page 14. 98. A c. 1860 antique bloodletting cupping set with scarificator, two horn cups and valves, a brass pump, and fitted case. The valved-horn bloodletting cups are unusual. The antique brass scarificator has 10 blades and is in proper working order.
Page 14. 102. A well-made c. 1860 antique toothkey marked: J. BIDDLE, NY. The handle is beautifully turned ebony and the three claws retain their original bluing.
Page 15. 107. A fine and rare American set of c. 1860 antique lachrymal probes by Codman & Shurtleff, Boston. The probes are silver and numbered size 1 through 8.
Page 16. 120. A c. 1850s antique silver spring lancet with one side jeweler engraved: Dr. D. Newcomer. David Newcomer (1830-1900), of Mt. Morris, Illinois, graduated from Jefferson Medical College in 1859. He served as an Assistant Surgeon in the 26th Regiment of the Pennsylvania Volunteers during the American Civil War. A photograph of Dr. Newcomer and some history may be seen here. Such personally inscribed silver lancets are associated with graduation gifts from medical school preceptors.
Page 18. 135. A fine World War I era sterling silver military wristwatch by Elgin. The snapback is hand-engraved: E.W. Collins M.D. / Denver Colo[rado]. The serial number of 21092177 indicates that the watch was made in 1918.
Page 18. 137. A George Tiemann, New York, patent 1877 antique clinical "bent" thermometer with original case.
Page 18. 138. An extensive set of c. 1880 antique urological instruments by George Tiemann, New York. The brass cartouche set into the top of the mahogany case is engraved: MED. DEPT. U.S.A.
Page 19. 143. A mid-19th century antique vaccinating lancet marked: I. STREISGUTH. Streisguth was a surgical instrument maker based in Strasbourg. Note the groove in the blade which channeled the smallpox vaccine.
Page 19. 149. A Stratford-Cookson surgical inhaler
Page 21. 162. A c. 1830 antique Gibson's medicine spoon in pewter. The piece is marked: GIBSON INVENTOR. The Gibson spoon was invented by Charles Gibson in 1827; he was given a Society of Arts award for its design in 1828. To read an 1842 description of this special spoon, please see this link (bottom of p. 377 and the top of p. 378). Note that one advantage offered by Gibson's medicine spoon was the placement of bad tasting medicines, such as castor oil, to the back of the tongue and beyond the taste buds.
Page 21. 163. A c. 1860s antique bloodletting scarificator by Leypoldt, Philadelphia. American made scarificators are rare.
Page 21. 166. An 18th century antique wrought iron bloodletting fleam.
Page 21. 167. A c. 1850 antique vaccination pocketknife.
Page 22. 169. A c. 1860 Dr. Butcher's antique amputation saw. An unusual feature of the Butcher is a blade that can be rotated to cut at any angle and beneath a flap. Dr. Richard George Herbert Butcher (1816-1891), a Dublin surgeon of note, invented the instrument in 1851. This is one of the more interesting and attractive nineteenth century surgical saws. See Weiss 1863, pl. III, fig. 8; Tiemann 1889, p. 104, fig. 1604; Bennion, p. 25 and fig. 10.
Page 23. 183. A fine c. 1880 antique tonsillotome by Schively, Philadelphia. The spear and cutting actions are in perfect working order.
Page 25. 198. A c. 1890 antique Thompson's evacuator for litholapaxy. The instrument was attached to a catheter and used to wash out crushed stone fragments from the bladder. This antique urological instrument was made by Tiemann, New York, and is illustrated in Tiemann's 1889 catalogue, p. 408.
Page 28. 224. A c. 1900 antique quack hair comb marked: PROF. LONG'S MAGNETIC COMB. The maker, of Pekin, Illiniois, advertised that the magnetic comb would remove dandruff, stop falling hair, relieve headache, and never break. It has not been broken. Note the Art Nouveau decoration across the back of the comb.
Page 30. 235. An 1880s antique apothecary's caster oil reservoir with self-contained dispensing pump. The body and lid are both stenciled: CASTOR OIL. The soldered tin container is 15" tall and is affixed with the maker's tag: TURNER'S PAT / IMPROVED OIL CAN / PAT JAN 15, 84 / MADE BY / TURNER & HEATH / KNOXVILLE, TENN.
Page 30. 239. A c. 1860 antique tongue depressor by Charrière, Paris.
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