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Below is a listing of a few medical and scientific antiques 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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114.  A rare Snow & Lewis, Buffalo, mechanical dental plugger with patent dates ranging from 1865 to 1869. This instrument was in production by the Buffalo Dental Manufacturing Company until about 1872, when an improved plugger was marketed.   

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115.  An 1830s lithotomy set containing seven antique urological instruments. The two major instruments are each hand engraved: Weiss' Screw Lithotrite. A scoop forceps is stamped: G[EORGE] R[EX] / WEISS / LONDON. (The monarch is George IV, who died in 1830.) The tooled-leather case also has a Weiss trade label that reads: WEISS / Manufacturer of / Surgical Instruments / and every description of cutlery. / 62. Strand London / Razor Maker to the King. The royal warrant was issued to Weiss by William IV (1830-1837). Weiss, himself, defends this lithotrite in the Lancet (London), 1834-5, i, pp. 243-45, against an infringement by a rival. The screw lithotrite is illustrated in Weiss 1863, pl. XXIV, fig. 5, and described as Weiss's Original Lithotrite.  This is an exceedingly rare and fine antique lithotomy set.

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116.  A c. 1860 antique craniotomy forceps by George Tiemann & Co., New York.  This particular fetal destruction instrument was devised by Dr. Charles Delucena Meigs (1792-1869), professor of obstetrics at Jefferson Medical College from 1841-1861.  See Tiemann, p. 551, fig. 3817.

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117.  A c. 1890  heliogravure portrait of Dr. Ernst Viktor von Leyden (1832-1910).  Von Leyden was a student of Ludwig Traube and he holds a Traube percussion hammer in his right hand.  An example of an actual Traube hammer is shown.  SOLD


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118.  A clinical thermometer by Becton, Dickinson, with sterling silver case.


119.  The 1809 University of New York Society of Medicine and Surgery diploma of John H. Sackett (d. 1822).  At the top is a lovely representation of the emblem of the medical and surgical school, which is encircled by a blue ribbon.  The text is in Latin. Framed and quite attractive.  Dr. Sackett (d.1822) served as a U.S. Army surgeon from 1812 to 1821.  The first signatory is Dr. Samuel Akerly (1785-1845), who is noted for promoting, in 1831, the establishment of The New York Institution for the Blind.  The other signers include John Wakefield Francis (1789-1861), a co-founder of the New York Academy of Medicine and on the staff of Bellevue Hospital, Thomas Edward Steele, William E. Wurett (?), and Hunting Sherrill. doc, Sackett diploma, overall, 1809.jpg (330758 bytes)

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120.   A c. 1850s antique silver spring lancet with one side jeweler engraved:  Dr. D. Newcomer.  David Newcomer (1830-1900), of Mt. Morris, Illinois, graduated from Jefferson Medical College in 1859.  He served as an Assistant Surgeon in the 26th Regiment of the Pennsylvania Volunteers during the American Civil War.  A photograph of Dr. Newcomer and some history may be seen here.  Such personally inscribed silver lancets are associated with graduation gifts from medical school preceptors.






121.  A c. 1880 antique ear trumpet made of tin with a black finish on the general exterior and gold on the interior of the horn.  The lenghty ear stem is unusual for this type of ear trumpet.  The body of the ear horn is a series of soldered doughnut-shaped segments.  The bulbous sections were designed to further amplify sound.  This type of antique hearing device is identified as a Corrugated Ear Trumpet in the George Tiemann 1889 catalogue, p. 189, fig. 2034.




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