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A very well-made c. 1840 antique dental toothkey with an unusual swivel bolster.
An antique phrenology bust of the Lorenzo N. Fowler type. The Old Hall Porcelain Works mark indicates that this Staffordshire ceramic dates to between 1891 and 1902. This is the first 19th century Fowler bust that this dealer has seen with a maker's stamp, and none is listed in the Wellcome medical collection as catalogued by Crellin.
A fine antique urological catheter set by Brady & Martin, Newcastle-on-Tyne. The fitted-case includes a complete complement of 12 male catheters of various diameters, each with its own clean-out. Also, the original glass bottle for a lubricant is present.
A c. 1750 antique trepanning screw (tire-fond) with decorative flourishes. The antique neurosurgical instrument was used to lift depressed bone or to remove a recalcitrant trepanned bone disk from the skull. See Bennion, p. 34.
A rare type c. 1820 English antique bloodletting spring lancet with original barrel-shaped case. The blade depth is adjusted by turning the large conical nut to the rear and it is cocked by pulling on the nut. A lever trigger to fire the blade is to the side of the lancet. The brass retains its handsome lacquer finish.
An antique Denman's obstetrical forceps ebony handles. The Tiemann mark, G. TIEMANN / 63 CHATHAM / NEW YORK, indicates that the forceps was made c. 1840-50. At a later date, the forceps was plated to extend its usefulness in the early period of sterilized instruments. See Edmonson, p. 234. The Denman-type forceps is named after Thomas Denman (1733-1815), a prominent English physician. See Hibbard, pp. 47-48.
A nesting set of patent 1884 Ehrhardt's mouth specula. The description is from the Aloe medical supply catalogue, sixth edition, 1895.
A fine c. 1840 American antique dental toothkey with turned-wood handle. The extracting key features a spring tension pull-rod that locks and releases the tooth claw. The shaft is stamped by the Boston maker: CODMAN & SHURTLEFF.
A very rare c. 1870s antique craniometer and goniometer as designed by Dr. Paul Broca (1824-1880), the founder of modern neurosurgery and pioneer in the study of localized brain function. For a biography of Paul Broca, who is also noted as an anatomist, anthropologist, and early supporter of Charles Darwin, please see this link. The fine instrument was made by Mathieu, Paris, and an old tag is attached that gives a reference to the 1873 Mathieu trade catalogue. The wood and brass Broca craniometer offered here is complete and in pristine condition.
A c. 1870s Liebreich's ophthalmoscope by Maw, Son & Thompson, London. The pin-hole mirror has an ivory handle, and the complete set has six lenses, four being stored in a lid compartment.
A c. 1890 phototype of David Hayes Agnew, M.D. (1818-1892), renowned surgeon and chair of operative surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. The 6" X 8" image is signed in pencil by Dr. Agnew. Dr. Agnew was immortalized in the 1889 painting The Agnew Clinic by Thomas Eakins.
A rare c. 1780 medical leather bulb with brass stopcock in a remarkable state of preservation. The pump had many uses, including creating a vacuum in a bloodletting cup, breast milk reliever, and cannula drain. The exact suction and infusion instrument is reproduced in the Benjamin Bell's System of Surgery, published in 1782, and in the Savigny catalogue of the early 1790s. Note the distinctive flower four-petal incised decorative work to the leather of this artifact and in the illustration from Savigny.
An exceptionally rare c. 1850 surface clinical thermometer with ivory scale and original box. The end of the ivory has a small hole for placing a string to swing the instrument and allow centrifugal force to reset the mercury, an early feature. This thermometer apparently pre-dates the ivory scaled axilla thermometer (see below). While not found in the Tiemann catalogues of the 1870s and 1880s (possibly too archaic a design for Tiemann), it is featured in the early offerings of Philadelphia makers Gemrig and Kern. The Mutter does not have an example and this is the first such thermometer seen by this dealer.
A c. 1870 antique hypodermic syringe set by Maw, Son & Thompson, London. The syringe glass tube is wheel engraved with volume markers and the fittings are silver. The plunger has a silver shaft and a turned ivory thumb push. The original case also includes two needles. This is a high end 19th century antique syringe set.
A superb c. 1860 axilla clinical thermometer with ivory scale marked: G. TIEMANN & CO. NY. The instrument's original triangular-shaped case is present. Tiemann 1889, p. 4, fig. 1014.
A fine silver medal struck in 1827 by the Medical Society of Toulouse, France. The obverse features a wonderful profile bust of Hippokrates (Hippocrates), the father of medicine, along with the staff of Asklepios (Aesculapius), the Greek god of medicine. The motto is ARCHAETYPUS HIC (This is the archetype. I.e., This bust is of the original physician). The rim is stamped: ARGENT (SILVER).
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