ALEX PECK MEDICAL AND SURGICAL ANTIQUES ARCHIVES

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An antique ether tin by Squibb.  The larger of the three labels reads (in part): STRONGER ETHER / FOR ANAESTHESIA // Prepared by / EDWARD R. SQUIBB, M.D. / BROOKLYN, N.Y. 

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A c. 1850 English antique medicine chest with a full complement of bottles.  Note the extensive use of brass-banding on the exterior.

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A c. 1850 large spring lancet bloodletting antique with adjustable guard for controlling the cutting depth of the blade.  The body of the lancet is brass, and the action is in good working order.  

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A c. 1950 binaural stethoscope by Allen & Hanburys, London. 

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A  c. 1850  antique bloodletting scarificator with 16 blades..  The blade depth is adjusted by turning the large thumbscrew on top, and it is cocked by pulling back the large lever.  A pushbutton trigger to fire the blade is to the side of the scarificator.  The brass retains its handsome lacquer finish.

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A very rare set of c. 1820 antique acupuncture needles fashioned by Edward Jukes, Surgeon Accoucheur to the Westminster Medical Institute, and illustrated in James Morss Churchill,  A Treatise on Acupuncturation..., London, 1821.  The book is online courtesy of Open Library.  Dr. Jukes is believed to be the first to have used acupuncture in England.  He had a mechanic's mind and claimed to have invented the stomach pump.  Note the well-turned ivory finger holds.  

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A stereoview of a Civil War leg amputation scene at Camp Letterman General Hospital, Gettysburg, October 1863. The surgeon stands in profile and holds at his side a large Liston flap amputation knife. An assistant can be seen to the far right with a capital amputation saw in his hand. For an excellent discussion of this photo and others of the type, see William Frassanito, Early Photography at Gettysburg.

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A fine c. 1860 antique ophthalmic surgical set by Maw, London.  All of the original instruments are present, and ten have ivory handles that are signed by the maker.   The frame of the magnifying glass is horn. 

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A fine c. 1860 antique toothkey with unusual round bolster that is marked Hernstein / & Son, a New York maker.  This handsome dental antique has a checked-rosewood handle.  Signed American toothkeys are scarce.  See Edmonson, p. 220.

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A c.1900 antique London dome hearing aid with original box.  This antique hearing aid is made of brass which has been given a black lacquer finish.

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A Vietnam War era Yankauer anesthesia inhaler with original box dated 1967. 

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A c. 1860 stereoview of a dental extracting scene.  The caption reads:  Is That Tooth Mine?

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A c. 1900 antique diagnostic percussor by Monier, Paris.  The fragile whale baleen shaft comes with a protective metal cover.

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A c. 1920 binaural stethoscope by Frossard, Paris.

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