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A c. 1860s antique amputation set by Edward Spellerberg, Philadelphia, a rare maker whose instruments this dealer has not seen before.   While the instruments include most of what one would expect to find in an amputation set of this size and period, it does not have the typical minor surgery bistoury and scalpel.  However, it does sport two tenacula.  The small scalpel, which is original to the set,  is a trephine scalpel though there are no other trephine instruments.  The set belonged to S.P. Uhler, M.D., of Stone Church, Pennsylvania, and his name appears three times on the case.  See  Edmonson, p. 264.

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A c. 1930 binaural stethoscope by Allen & Hanburys, London.  The flat Minchin's  chestpiece has its original diaphragm and protective cover.  The primary advantage of this design is that it was easy to slip under clothing when checking a patient.  This antique stethoscope is illustrated in Allen & Hanburys' catalogue of 1930, though it certainly was introduced earlier.

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The design of this antique chloroform inhalation apparatus was introduced in 1847 by Stevens and Pratt, London.  Edward William Murphy, M.D. (1802-1877), of London, promoted the inhaler and by the 1850s it was known as the Murphy's inhaler.  Note the sponge chamber with simple  leather flap air intake (on the cap) and exhaust valves.  A reference from 1856 states that the Murphy's inhaler was offered in brass at 6s/6d, or if plated, 12s/6d.  This example is the plated instrument.  The exact instrument is illustrated and captioned in the Weiss surgical instrument catalogue of 1863.  See Weiss 1863, pl. XLI, fig. 4.  First generation inhalers, such as this example, are exceedingly scarce instruments. 

 

 

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A c. 1890s amputation set by Sharp & Smith, Chicago.  The surgical set is complete with all of its original instruments, including two types of tourniquets.  The set marks the final development in cased amputation sets.  See Edmonson, p. 183. 

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A very fine patent 1876 Bausch & Lomb Investigator stand monocular brass microscope with numerous accessories and original case. The base is in the shape of a crow’s foot and the overall look of the instrument owes a debt to Zentmayer. There is a sub-stage wheel of apertures. The mirror swings out, side-to-side, for above stage illumination. The original lacquer is in very good condition and the gearing is tight. In fact, it appears as though the microscope saw little use. This is an attractive antique brass microscope. Not found in Billings. See Padgitt, p. 97.

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A lavishly engraved c. 1750 spring lancet with its original leather case. Both sides of the brass body of this bloodletting antique are engraved with decorative floral motifs and a triple border. The iron trigger bar is cut with additional fluid flourishes. The blade is original and representative of an early slender v-shape. The case is original and shows great age. This is one of the nicest examples of this type of lancet that this dealer has seen.

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A rare c. 1850 Dr. Bar's monaural obstetrical stethoscope in fruitwood.  It is marked:  ETABL'Ts LEUNE / MODELE DEPOSE / PARIS.  This antique fetal stethoscope has an unusual cone within the earpiece. 

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A 19th century antique vaccinating set from Sweden.  The outfit includes two vaccinating lancets...one with mother-of-pearl covers, the other with horn and blade marked: STILLE ( a Swedish surgical instrument maker), a needle lancet with bone handle and cover, and two glass vials full of inoculating points.  The original leather case is gold-stamped with the Swedish emblem of a royal crown over three open crowns, and the legend: Belon. for Skydds / Koppympning ( ___  for Cowpox Inoculation).

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An unusual and specialized c. 1860 orthopedic surgery set by Mathieu, Paris. The instruments include a trephine, a chain saw, two chisels, a mallet, a metacarpal saw, an elevator, two bone forceps, and three bone scrapers. Seven of the instruments have ebony handles. A chain carrier and a retractor are missing. The mahogany case has an inset brass handle and is leather lined in the French manner.

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A wool blanket embroidered:  M.D. / U.S. Army. / 1942.  A fine WW II U.S. Army Medical Department artifact.

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An antique 1950s doctor cookie jar with base marked Japan.  The doctor is very plump (the better to hold lots of cookies) and stands 13" high.

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A fine c. 1870 antique Stokes monaural stethoscope with rubber ring percussor incorporated at the rim of the earplate.

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