ALEX PECK MEDICAL AND SURGICAL ANTIQUES ARCHIVES

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A fine c. 1850 George Tiemann's Patent 1846 scarificator with original case.  The full mark reads: G. TIEMANNS  / PATENT/ AUGUST 20 / 1846.  This is a rare example of the small eight-bladed model.   All the oblique blades are present, the handle is horn, and it is in perfect working order. Penciled in period writing on the bottom is the name:  L.L. Quick / New ____ The Smithsonian, as listed in Davis, Bloodletting Instruments, has only the twelve-bladed scarificator in its collection, and the larger instrument is the only one offered in the Tiemann catalogue of 1889.  Here is a uniquely American bloodletting antique. 

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An exceedingly rare c. 1700 American  antique dental extracting double-armed pelican.  This scarce dental antique was recently found by a Civil War relic hunter near Lynchburg, Virginia.  The pelican is remarkably well-preserved.

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A c. 1860 neurosurgery Hey's saw made by Wade & Ford, New York.  The handle is checked-ebony.  This is one of the standard antique trephine set instruments.  Wade & Ford was in business from 1860 to 1866.  See Edmonson, p. 218. 

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c. 1860 antique amputation saw marked: V.W. / BRINKERHOFF / NY.  The grips are ebony and this Civil War period capital saw is in very fine condition.  Vanwyck Brinkerhoff was in business from 1856 to 1869, according to Edmonson, p. 214.  To my knowledge, this particular design for an amputation saw is unique to Brinkerhoff.

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A c. 1860 antique monaural stethoscope with ivory earplate.

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A  c. 1930 antique gold-lettered on glass doctor's office window x-ray sign with original hanging chains.

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A very rare Petit spiral tourniquet by Peter Rose, New York.  Dating to c. 1830, this antique tourniquet was made by arguably the best surgical instrument maker at the time in the City.  See Edmonson, pp. 33-35 and 230.

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A fine c. 1840 antique medicine chest by Springweiler, London.  It appears that all the original glass containers...some 16 bottles and two silver-topped jars...are present.  Also included in two lift-out trays are a balance and weights, a spatula, a mortar and pestle, and a pewter funnel.  Both jars and most of the bottles still have medicines in them.

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A well-fashioned c. 1820-40 antique footbath made of pinewood staves and brass rings.  The 12 staves that make the sides and broad lip were each originally approximately 3.5" x 3.5" in diameter and were undercut to make the rim.  As the wood is now somewhat shrunk, the metal restraining loops that the cooper used to keep the piece together have loosened.  The wood has a deep patina, and the overall dimensions are 20" long x 16.5" wide x 6.5" high.  This is an attractive antique podiatric artifact.

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A fine antique Tiemann's American bullet forceps by Tiemann & Co.  See Tiemann 1889, p. 83, fig. 1365.  

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An interesting antique medicine spoon with a reminder clock dial and hour hand incorporated into the handle.  A patent for the design was issued to James Wilson, of Philadelphia, in 1897.  This silver-plated spoon was made by the Wilson Spoon Co. 

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An Elgin antique doctor's watch with red-tipped second hand and large minute scale.   The dial, movement, and the 14K gold-filled case are signed Elgin.  The serial number 35489631 on the 15 jewel movement indicates that this antique doctor's watch was made in 1934.  Known as the Osler doctor's watch, this Art Deco masterpiece was named after Sir William Osler, M.D.  (1849-1919).  The tried-and-true method of checking the pulse rate per minute was to count pulsations over a fixed interval, usually 15 seconds, and multiply the count by four.  An easy to read second dial and hand, as found in this vintage Osler doctor's wristwatch, are essential. 

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A 19th century French enema made of pewter and marked: CLERVEAUX A PERIGUEU

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A c. 1850 antique Petit (spiral) tourniquet by Evans, London.  The frame and screw are brass. 

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 c. 1820 antique eye speculum with tortoise shell handle and silver eyelid retractor.  This is a beautifully-made ophthalmic antique. 

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An Auzoux anatomical model of the larynx in three parts.  Louis Thomas Jerôme Auzoux (1797-1880), a French anatomist and physician, saw the need for highly accurate anatomical models, as an alternative to cadaver study, and founded, in the 1820s, a company to make them.  Due to the great care and attention to detail that went into their manufacture, hand-painted antique Auzoux  papier-mâché models are prized.  This écorché is over twice life-size.

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A c. 1920 antique binaural stethoscope with finger rest at the top of the bell. 

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