ALEX PECK MEDICAL AND SURGICAL ANTIQUES ARCHIVES

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A fine and rare George Tiemann, New York, pre-1855 set of antique ophthalmic instruments, six with ivory handles.  The case is rosewood.  See Edmonson, p. 234. 

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A c. 1840 antique medicine chest with attached label of the maker Nathan Starkey, 66 South 4th Street, Philadelphia, who advertised as a Manufacturer of Portable Desks, Dressing Cases, Medicine Chests, and Medical Saddlebags.  To my knowledge, Starkey is the only identified maker of quality mahogany medicine chests in the United States, and, according to Edmonson, he was in business from 1831 to 1865.  The street address on the trade label indicates that this chest dates to the period 1843 to 1855.  The chest also sports on the front drawers two labels of New York City pharmacies that would have filled the chest during its life of use.  The handsomely-grained mahogany is solid, not veneer, and the top handle and door escutcheons are inset brass.  An article on Nathan Starkey in the October 2005 issue of The Magazine Antiques, pp. 68-72, features this very artifact.  This is only the second Nathan Starkey apothecary chest encountered by this dealer.   See Edmonson, p. 264. 

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A very scarce c. 1830 antique brass scarificator beautifully hand-engraved: WEISS'S / Improved / Scarificator.  / 62, Strand, / LONDON.  This mechanical bleeder, which retains much of its original lacquer finish,  was made to be used in space-restricted areas, such as the temple and upon children.  Note that it has only eight blades, as opposed to the standard-sized 10 to 12 bladed-scarificators.  Also worth mentioning is that this antique bloodletting instrument is one of the few that actually is directly labeled a scarificator.  John Weiss was arguably the best English maker at the time.

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A superb set of antique eyeglasses and silver case from the 1850s.  The frames are in solid gold, and the solid silver case is expertly engraved with floral decorations and the presentation: John Kiersted. / FROM HIS SON / Wynkoop. / 1857.  John Kiersted (1786-1862), of Saugerties, New York, was from a prominent old Colonial Dutch family.  For more information on Kiersted, please click here.  This dealer knows of no finer a set of American mid-19th century antique spectacles and case.

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A c. 1765 bloodletting fleam with the brass frame and several blades marked: HOW IN / LONDON  The mark was use by John Holland, Sheffield.  The original shaped-leather case is present.  See Simon J. E. Moore, Cutlery for the Table: A History of British Table and Pocket Cutlery, 1999, p.207.

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A high quality c. 1860 antique Stokes' monaural stethoscope turned from fruitwood.  

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A c. 1850 antique capital amputation saw with pressed-horn handle embossed W&H HUTCHINSON SHEFFIELD / INSTRUMENT / MAKER / TO THE ROYAL NAVY.  The handle is also decorated in raised-relief with the English queen's crown (Victoria) surrounded by the monarch's emblems of the lion and unicorn.  This is a high quality antique surgical saw. 

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An antique Civil War United States Medical Department chloroform tin dated 1863.  This is a rare and genuine antique anesthesia  artifact of the Civil War.

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A very fine c. 1760 capital amputation saw with distinctive ebony eagle's beak handle.  This massive antique surgical saw is 52cm long, and the blade is original.  Eighteenth century amputation saws of this type were in use during the period of the French and Indian Wars and the American Revolutionary War. 

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A c. 1910 ceramic slipper bedpan made by the Sebring Porcelain company, Sebring, Ohio.  The body of this antique bedpan and urinal is covered with decorative plant and leaf motifs. 

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A c. 1850s antique minor surgical set by George Tiemann & Co., New York.  This very set is pictured in Edmonson, p. 237. 

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A well-made c. 1860 antique mechanical-action autopsy costotome (rib shears).  A locking-clasp is at the back of the handles.

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A marked 14K gold occlusive pessary, which was one of the precursors to the modern IUD. 

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A late 19th century antique binaural stethoscope with yoke marked: Dr. CAMMANN'S / STETHOSCOPE //TIEMANN & Co .   Note the original elastic band, a rare surviving element.  See Edmonson, p. 234. 

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