ALEX PECK MEDICAL AND SURGICAL ANTIQUES ARCHIVES

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An exceptionally high quality hand-painted plaster c. 1900 antique anatomical model of an adult  human head.  The details are well-rendered, for example, note the different layers to the lining of the brain.  The model is life-size, measuring 11.5 inches from the base of the throat to the top of the skull.  The maker is Bock Steger Lips [Leipzig]

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A fine brass syringe set with three nozzles of different lengths.  According to Tiemann 1889, p. 13, this aspirator was useful ...[t]o obtain fluid contained in pleural, pericardial, or abdominal cavity, etc., for examination...  The set was also used for embalming small anatomical preparations. 

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A decorative pair of hand-turned wood dumbbells.  These one pound weights gained popularity around the mid-century as Americans became interested in physical fitness and exercise.

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A c. 1840s fourth-plate daguerreotype of a woman with skin lesions and discoloration about her face and on her hands.  The dermatological condition is probably porphyria.  For more information on this disease, please see www.porphyriafoundation.com.  This is a fine antique dermatology photograph.

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A late eighteenth century antique trepan brace marked: LICHTENBERGER [Strasbourg]. The well-made frame has a beautiful fluted and rotating handhold at its center. A clip mechanism keeps the bit in place.  See Bennion, p. 341.

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  A c. 1860  antique amputation and trephination surgical set by Louis V. Helmold, Philadelphia.  Note the well-fashioned ebony handle of the capital amputation saw.  The trephines are the conical Galt pattern, and the tourniquet has a brass frame.  The antique surgical knives and saws in this classic Civil War surgical set are in superb condition.    See Edmonson, p. 254. 

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A mid-19th century antique metallic thermometer by Webster, Darrow & Co., Bristol, Connecticut.  According to the original label that is found on the inside, the instrument is Seymour's patent thermometer of 1860.  Note the indications on the dial, including Blood Heat and Fever Heat.  The tin case is 4.5 inches in diameter. 

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A handsome 19th century antique phrenology bust that is maker marked: PICKMAN Y CA. / CHINA OPACA / SEVILLA.  This Spanish ceramics company was established in 1841 by Charles Pickman, a Liverpudlian.  The sentiments are all in Spanish.  The bust is life-size and stands 15 inches high.  This one of the more desirable antique phrenology busts.

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A c. 1910 antique binaural stethoscope with Ford's bell made by George Tiemann, New York.

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A set of four 17th century antique bloodletting thumb lancets in a shagreen case.  The blades are protected by tortoise shell and the joint bosses are fancy.  Two of the lancets have c. 1600s London hallmarks...a dagger, a Roman letter D, and scepter mark of the cutler James Dod, which was entered in 1620, and the letter P and crown of Nicholas Pace, which dates to 1655.  The other two lancets have a diamond stamp (the 1606 registered mark of Thomas Sharford?).  The name S[i]r A.M. Trollope is inscribed onto the inside of one lancet's tortoise shell cover.  This ancient set exhibits great character.

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A c. 1870 antique four-tiered Tiemann general operating set with original leather slip-case.

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A fine antique monaural stethoscope by Down, London.  Note the over-large earplate.

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A c. 1840 antique smallpox vaccination lancet with original fitted-case.  Note the groove in the blade which channeled the vaccine.  The handle is ebony. 

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An original albumen photograph of Professor Ernest Laplace's Clinic, Medico-Chirurgical Hospital, Philadelphia, Pa., April 15, 1902.  Dr. Laplace (d. 1924), at the center holding a scalpel, was a student of Louis Pasteur.  Note the lack of surgical gloves and masks.  The gentleman standing to the far right is George Washington Crile  (1864-1943), a founder of the Cleveland Clinic.  For another image of Dr. Crile, please see page 12 of the Archive. 

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 An interesting and high quality antique bloodletting spring lancet marked A. FISCHER, a Viennese maker, and dated 1791.  The body of the lancet, which is elaborately decorated, is solid silver.  The inclusion of a date may indicate that the lancet was given to mark some event, such as the recipient becoming a doctor.

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A c. 1890 antique Quain's monaural stethoscope.  The bell uncrews from the stem and when reversed and re-screwed to the stem makes a compact instrument for ease of carrying.

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