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A very rare sixth-plate daguerreotype of a young doctor posed with his pocket set of minor surgery instruments. The doctor holds an instrument in one hand and he is wearing a flamboyantly embroidered vest. The photograph dates to the 1840s and represents an early medical occupational daguerreotype at its best. The original seal is intact.

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A  rare c. 1880s antique Denison's binaural stethoscope.  The bell and ear tubes are made of hard rubber.

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A University of Pennsylvania medical school lecture ticket that was issued to Horace Palmer (d. 1922) for attending the 1858-1859 term chemistry class of Robert E. Rogers, M.D.  Dr. Palmer was from Somerville, Tennessee, and he graduated in 1859.   During the Civil War he saw service with the 1st Tennessee Heavy Artillery Regiment.  The unit was organized in May 1862, and it was captured at Vicksburg in July 1863. 

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A June 1864 Confederate medical furlough granted to Private J. Ballinger, Co. B, 13th South Carolina Regiment, McGowan's Brigade, from Jackson General Hospital, Richmond.   Various endorsements are on the reverse. Ballinger's home address was given as Spartansburg  Court House, South Carolina.The 13th South Carolina saw much action during the Civil War, including the Seven Day's Battles, Second Manassas, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg,  The Wilderness, Cold Harbor, and the final defense of Richmond.  

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A  rare Brady gallery card (larger than a CDV) of  wounded from the 16th New York Regiment at Savage Station, Virginia, 28 June 1862.  The injuries resulted from the Battle of Gaines Mill, which occurred a day earlier.  A Union surgeon tends to a soldier in the center foreground.  A day later Savage Station, itself, became another battle site of McClellan's ill-fated Seven Days Battle near Richmond.  This albumen photograph was originally sold through Snow & Roos,  Brady's San Francisco agent. 

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A bullet taken from a soldier wounded in the Boer War (1899-1902) and documented by Private W.H. Wilke, 1st South Australian Mounted Rifles, on British Red Cross Society stationary.

No. 11 Field Hospital

Bloemfontein [South Africa]

 April 28, 1900

This is the bullet of a cartridge of a Mauser rifle. It struck the horse of one of the Warwickshire Mounted Infantry, 20 of whom took part in the battle of Paardeburg [18 February 1900]. It was a spent bullet that struck the horse in the left chest, passing through the animal's body & coming out between its ribs passed on through the flap of the saddle & finally found a resting place in the man's leg between the bone and muscle. It remained there, giving no pain or trouble until, on the 22 April 1900, it was extracted from his leg at this hospital where I obtained posession [sic] of it. 

W. H. Wilke

Walwin Harold Wilke (1872-1953) is record as Invalided to Australia arriving 10/8/1900.  To view this citation, click  here.  

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A c. 1600s iron bow frame capital amputation saw with smooth wood grip. The blade is quite wide to compensate for the then current state of metallurgy. The saw is over twenty inches long. 

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A  c. 1850 antique neurosurgical bone rasp with ebony handle made by Gemrig, Philadelphia, and a c. 1820s lenticular (upper instrument in the photograph).  See Tiemann 1889, p. 98, figs. 1535 and 1546.

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A very rare c. 1820 antique porte-moxa (moxa carrier)  as designed by the Napoleonic surgeon Baron Dominique-Jean Larrey (1765-1842).   Moxibustion is often associated with acupuncture. 

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A genuine c. 1870 antique phrenology bust by L.N. Fowler.

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An 1830s lithotomy set containing seven antique urological instruments. The two major instruments are each hand engraved: Weiss' Screw Lithotrite. A scoop forceps is stamped: G[EORGE] R[EX] / WEISS / LONDON. (The monarch is George IV, who died in 1830.) The tooled-leather case also has a Weiss trade label that reads: WEISS / Manufacturer of / Surgical Instruments / and every description of cutlery. / 62. Strand London / Razor Maker to the King. The royal warrant was issued to Weiss by William IV (1830-1837). Weiss, himself, defends this lithotrite in the Lancet (London), 1834-5, i, pp. 243-45, against an infringement by a rival. The screw lithotrite is illustrated in Weiss 1863, pl. XXIV, fig. 5, and described as Weiss's Original Lithotrite.  This is an exceedingly rare and fine antique lithotomy set.

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A quality c. 1850  antique bloodletting scarificator by George Tiemann, New York.  The 10 blades are in mint condition and the mechanism works perfectly.  Note the original deluxe finish to the brass.  This is a superb example of a rather rare marked American-made scarificator.

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A rare c. 1860 folding obstetrical lever by W.& H. Hutchinson, Sheffield.  The handle is pressed horn, and the make is of high quality.  The exact instrument is pictured in Weiss 1863, pl. XXXVI, fig. 8.

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A c. 1830 antique Piorry stethoscope with part of the heraldry of the Royal Society of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow scrimshawed upon the pleximeter.  The arms include the Staff of Asclepius, an open bloodletting thumb lancet (i.e., surgeons), a poppy pod (i.e., physicians) and the motto Conjurat Amici (translation of the phrase from the Roman lyric poet Horace:  Joined in Friendship).  May 11 1829, Paris  is noted on the back side of the earplate.

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An interesting American c. 1860 hand-colored stereoview titled Tooth Drawing.  Note the Nairne-type generator and Leyden jars to the far right.  The backmark is that of James Cremer, Philadelphia. 

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