MEDICAL AND SURGICAL ANTIQUES ARCHIVE
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A c. 1850s antique capital amputation saw by Tiemann, New York. The saw is known as a Parker type and has a distinctive D-shaped grip, here in ivory. The blade edge has a series of slits which were thought to aid in keeping the teeth clear of the paste created by bone dust and blood.
A rare Alphonse Bertillon (1853-1914) calipers that were used to measure the head for criminal identification. The Bertillon's system Anthropometric calipers were made by E. LAURENT / PARIS, and they measure from 12 to 24 cm. Note the inventor's AB mark on the scale mount of this craniometer. The record of measurements was kept on a special card with photographs of the subject, and the record shown here is that of Bertillon, himself. For more details on the Bertillonage system and Bertillon instruments, please click here. In passing, Sherlock Holmes mentions Bertillon in The Naval Treaty (1893), and his name also appears early in The Hound of the Baskervilles (1902). This is a finely made Bertillon instrument.
A gold 1899 Ontario College of Pharmacy award medal for chemistry. Note the beaver, mortar and pestle, balance, and caduceus engraved upon the shield. The winner was a Mr. McFarlane.
A c. 1820 ivory-handled surgical retractor.
A rare pair of c. 1880 Robinson's obstetrical forceps by Tiemann. This antique forceps is included in Tiemann's catalogue of 1879, though Das apparently had access only to the 1889 catalogue. See Das, p. 558, fig. 663, and Tiemann 1889, p. 536, fig. 3737.
A high quality c. 1920 antique anatomical model of the heart by Clay Adams, New York. Three parts of the heart open on hinges.
A c. 1880 antique hypodermic syringe set with two needles and original case. Wire clean-outs are stored within the lid.
A c. 1850 antique small pox vaccinating lancet by Weiss, London. The blade is grooved to guide the vaccine and it is protected by tortoise shell covers.
A vintage set of doctor's cufflinks in 14K gold, each with an applied silver caduceus.
An antique throat probang that collapses into its ebonized-wood handle for fitting into a surgical case. The shaft is whale baleen and the tip is natural sponge.
A c. 1860 antique gynecological (vaginal) speculum and obturator superbly turned from wood (sycamore?). The obturator was used to apply medications to the mouth of the cervix. It could also be used to direct a leech to the cervix. The instrument is 8.5 cm long and has 4.7 cm diameter proximal lumens.
A cased and complete c. 1830 antique enema set with brass pump marked: I[J] & S MAW / No. 11 / ALDERGATE St. / LONDON. The original tube is intact and the various fittings, including a vaginal douche, are turned from bone.
A c. 1850 brass antique bloodletting scarificator with 16 blades.
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