Alex Peck Medical, Surgical, and Dental Antiques

Fine Medical Antiques for Sale

Located within the U.S.A.

Sale Catalogue

Below is a listing of antique medical instruments that are currently for sale. Please feel free to send an e-mail for additional details and to place an order.  

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Sale Terms:

All descriptions are written to the best of this dealer's knowledge. 

Minimum charge for shipping and handling is $15.00. 

Items are shipped insured, subject to shipping agency limits.  International buyers assume all liabilities, fees, etc, resulting from export and import customs declaration, clearance, and other international trade requirements.  

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  1.  A superb period antique Civil War amputation and trephination set by Gemrig, Philadelphia.  All the instruments are original to the set.  Most of the antique surgical instruments are marked with the Gemrig name and the tourniquet has an 1859 date molded into the buckle.  The case is very fine and the red lining is bright.

 

 

 

 2.  A well-made sterling silver Gibson's patent medicine spoon with the upper handle hand-engraved: C. Gibson, Inventor, / 1 Bishopsgate St. Wenthian.  The Gibson medicine spoon was invented by Charles Gibson in 1827;  he was given a Society of Arts award  for its design in 1828.  To read an 1842 description of this special spoon, please see this link (bottom of p. 377 and the top of p. 378).  Note that one advantage offered by Gibson's medicine spoon was the placement of bad tasting medicines, such as castor oil, to the back of the tongue and beyond the taste buds.  The London hallmarks are those of Charles Gibson, himself, and date the antique medicine spoon to 1828, which is also the year that his silver mark was registered on 21 February.  The Gibson spoon was made by various companies over the next 100 years, but here is an outstanding example by the inventor in an early year of production.

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  3.   A c. 1860 oil on canvas portrait d'apparat of Dr. George P. Cammann (1804-1863), a prominent New York City physician and the inventor of the first practical and commercially viable binaural stethoscope.  An eponymous Dr. Cammann's Stethoscope is shown in the right hand of Dr. Cammann.  The stethoscope depicted in the painting is Cammann's initial model of the 1850s.  The books on the table are titled:  LAENNEC; STOKES; and ALLISON...all giants in the fields of auscultation and stethoscopy.  The Memoir of George P. Cammann, M.D., may be read online.  This remarkable painting is attributed to the artist Thomas Hicks (1823-1890), one of New York City's leading portrait painters and a member of the National Academy of Design.  Abraham Lincoln (twice), Charles Dickens, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Edwin Booth, and Harriet Beecher Stowe are a few of the luminaries who posed for the masterful portrait painter Thomas Hicks.  NFS

 

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  4.   A very rare antique Wutzer surgical instrument for radical cure of hernia.  For details on its use, please see this link

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  5.  An important c. 1819 first model antique Laennec monaural stethoscope that is ~32 cm / ~12.5" long.  The tube was turned from a single piece of wood and the threads work perfectly.  The plug fits both fully and snugly into the throat of the female-threaded section.  This iconic Laennec stethoscope is by all measures a remarkable example.  SOLD

 

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  6.  An exquisite and magnificent set of  antique phrenology calipers made by IR (James Redpath or John Robb) and hallmarked three times for Edinburgh, 1825.  The case is engraved on the lid:  To / GEORGE COMBE, Esqr. / FROM / Ladies who attended his Lectures / On / PHRENOLOGY, / IN / 1825 & 1826.   The arc is further engraved:  To George Combe Esqr. Ladies who attended his Classes of 1825 & 1826.  The instrument is assembled from four pieces.  Note the decorated ball finial on one caliper tip for placing within the ear to serve as a standard point of measurement.  For a biography of the phrenologist George Combe (1788-1858), please see this link.  A nearly identical antique craniometer is pictured in Combe's book, Elements of Phrenology, 1824.  This may have been the maker's model.  Combe remarks that such a set can be made so that it comes-apart for fitting into a small pocket case.  SOLD   

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  7.  A high quality 19th century bronze bust of Hippokrates (Hippocrates), the Greek physician and Father of Medicine, sculpted by Pierre-Joseph Chardigny (1794-1866).  The portrait  is dated 1854, stands 13.5" tall with marble plinth, and weighs over 15 pounds.

 

 

  8.  A fine c. 1850 antique embalming set by Favre, Paris.  The set is complete and includes three pumps, two handles for the largest pump, 8 nozzles, four valves, a trocar, a straight razor, and a pair of scissors.  Several valves are marked FAVRE A PARIS, and the lock keeper is hand-engraved:  Favre 1. Rue de l'Ecole de Medicine.  The handsome mahogany case has brass fixtures and a red wool interior.  Civil War period embalming sets are rare.

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