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An exceedingly rare c. 1880 medical system cane made of hard rubber with removable metal assembly that holds all the original fourteen cork-stopped medicine vials.  The vials have their original labels and contents.  By removing the lower tube of the cane and attaching a bell and earpiece taken from the handle, a seventeen-inch monaural stethoscope is formed. A brass ring just below the handle is engraved: From Dr. Parsons to Dr. Hallock Aug. 1882.  Dr. Robert Parsons is listed in the 1880 census of Salida, Colorado.  Dr. Richard Sanford Hallock, also in the 1880 Salida census, was born in Orange County, New York, in 1829, and died at Salida on 25 March 1891.  Dr. Hallock moved from Oakfield, Iowa, to Colorado in 1879.  He served late in the Civil War as an assistant surgeon with the 67th U.S. Infantry of Colored Troops.  The wear to the brass tip of the gadget cane shows that Dr. Hallock clearly used this cane.   American medical canes are very scarce, and this dealer knows of no other cane that incorporates a stethoscope. 

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