MEDICAL ANTIQUES ARCHIVES
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An original photograph
of an anatomy class in the Upper Amphitheater, College Building (built in 1898),
Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, early 20th century. The person
standing is holding a human skull. The operating table at the center of
the arena is the famous table of Dr. Samuel D. Gross (1805-1884), and it is
represented in the Thomas Eakins painting The
Gross Clinic (1875).
The old operating table survives,
having been saved by Dr.
A c. 1850 antique phrenology bust inkwell embossed along the front: By F. Bridges / Phrenologist. 14cm tall.
A c. 1940s Emdee doctor's bag by Schell. The bag is gold-embossed: JAMES T. HICKS, M.D.
An antique monaural stethoscope turned from wood and given an ebony finish.
A fine antique hypodermic syringe set with two needles, cleaning wires, and the original case.
A superb 1850s sixth-plate daguerreotype of a doctor, probably a homeopath, and his wife. Note the open medicine case. Rufus P. Anson, of 589 Broadway, New York City, was the daguerreotypist of this wonderful image.
An intaglio of Asklepios, the Greek god of medicine, 16 x 11 x 3 mm.
A high quality c. 1850 antique dental toothkey marked: H. HERNSTEIN. This handsome dental antique has an exaggerated dog-leg shaft and a removable rotating and reversible fulcrum that allows the claw to be adjusted to whatever tooth is to be extracted. The handle is checked-coromandel. At 6.5 inches (16.5 cm) long, this is relatively large toothkey. The dental and surgical instrument maker Hermann Hernstein was active in New York City from 1843 to 1861. Signed American toothkeys are scarce. See Edmonson, p. 220.
A c. 1990s Hewlett Packard Rappaport Sprague binaural stethoscope. The body of the double-chestpiece is marked: RAPPAPORT / SPRAGUE // HEWLETT / PACKARD / USA.
A c. 1920 set of antique acupuncture needles by R. Badoux, Paris. A packet of extra needles is stamped: AIGUILLES D'ACUPUNCTURE. The purpose-built needle case comes with its original leather slipcover.
A fine c. 1850 antique trephine set by Schively, Philadelphia. All the original instruments are present. Schively, besides making superb surgical instruments, is noted as a premier 19th century bowie knife manufacturer.
A c. 1860 antique capital amputation saw marked K. KLOT / COL-O. Konstantin Klot was a surgical instrument maker in Columbus, Ohio, and his instruments are rather rare. The handle is ebony.
A very rare c. 1770 antique spanner for working the tension nut of an amputation saw blade.
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