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A c. 1870s antique water purification pottery crock by Slack & Brownlow, Manchester. The applied clay labels read from the lid down: SLACK & BROWNLOW / ESTABLISHED 1830 / COMPRESSED CHARCOAL FILTER / SLACK & BROWNLOW. / [the Royal Arms] / PATENT / MANCHESTER. The interior shelf is stamped Slack & Brownlow. The original wood spigot is present. By the 1870s, it was generally understood that bacterial diseases, such as cholera and typhoid, were carried in tainted water, and home water filters that used activated charcoal were employed as a precaution
A c. 1890 carte-de-visite of Lorenzo Niles Fowler (1811-1896), the well-known 19th century phrenologist. Based initially in New York City, then in London, Fowler read the heads on many of the era's most famous personages, including Walt Whitman, Mark Twain, and Clara Barton.
An 1870s S.R. Wells & Co. molded plaster phrenology bust with printed paper labels marking the sentiments. Additional labels around the base offer phrenology books, course work, and a general explanation about reading the bust. The head is a little over ten inches tall and is quite representative of the genre. This very phrenology bust is to appear in Martin Scorsese's movie Shutter Island.
A c. 1900 penis cupping apparatus made of glass and metal. A vacuum is created in the glass tube by turning a crank. The instrument is listed in medical catalogues of the time as a penis congestor and as a penis enhancer. The label on the end of the box reads: HERCULES CONGESTOR / CRANK 700 / MODEL. Tiemann 1889, p. 817, indexes a penis congestor, but was, perhaps, too discrete to illustrate it. This is one of the more unusual urological antiques.
Six University of Pennsylvania Medical Department lecture tickets issued to Theophilus Gilliam Birchett (1835-1904) for the sessions from 1854 to 1860 (not consecutive years). Birchett was born in Orange County, Virginia, and he served as a surgeon for the Confederacy.
One card is signed by David Hayes Agnew, M.D. (1818-1892), renowned surgeon and chair of operative surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Agnew was immortalized in the 1889 painting The Agnew Clinic by Thomas Eakins. SOLD
An antique clavicle splint patented by A.M. Day, Bennington, Vermont, in 1853. 14.5" across.
A high grade Civil War date Model 1850 staff and field officer's sword retailed by Tiffany & Co., New York. Collins & Co., of Hartford, made the blade, in 1861, and supplied it to Tiffany. The brass furniture was finished to Tiffany's high standards and displays a skilled engraver's hand. Give special notice to the finely engraved eagle on the face of the scabbard tip. The back of the upper brass ring mount of the scabbard is engraved: Presented to / Major A.B. Mott / US. Vol. / New York 1862. Alexander Brown Mott, M.D. (1826-1889), was the son of Dr. Valentine Mott, of New York City, one of the foremost surgeons in America from the 1830s - 1850s. Dr. Alex Mott, himself, was a well-known surgeon in New York City prior to the Civil War and was a co-founder of Bellevue Hospital. In November of 1862, Mott was commissioned a major in the U.S. Volunteers. It was on this occasion that the sword was presented to Mott, and, by the way the inscription reads, the presenter was probably his family. Mott had a remarkable military career, including service at the Battle of Gettysburg as a surgeon in Yates' Brigade, the New York Draft Riots, and the Capture of Richmond. As the Medical Inspector of the Department of Virginia on General Ord's staff, late in the Civil War, Mott witnessed Generals Grant and Lee at Appomattox. For a synopsis of Mott's life, please click here.
A fine 19th century antique surgical chain saw for resectioning bone. The handles, of turned and checked ebony, are especially attractive.
A good quality antique enema with pewter pipes. The brass pump is marked: S. MAW / ALDERSGATE / LONDON. The Maw medical and surgical instrument company went by this name from 1860 to 1870. The set is complete and the tubing is intact.
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