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  15.  An exceedingly rare and high-end c. 1650 English antique shagreen and silver-mounted medical case for wound care with lid and end drawer.  The silver keeper and hinges are pierced and decoratively engraved.  The box was made to hold small instruments (e.g., spatula, fleam, forceps. stitching quill, probe, needles, scissors, uvula spoon), lint and so-called plasters, according to texts of the times.  Such a box is pictured in a painting by Gerrit Lundens (1622-c. 1677) titled Interior with Surgeon Attending to a Chest Wound, Wellcome Library, No. 44980i, and shown here.   The case is right behind the surgeon and on the table.  The lid and the drawer are open and some of the fancy silver-work is depicted.   Several of these 17th century wound first aid instruments and plaster boxes have direct connections to The Worshipful Company of Barbers and Surgeons of London.  $3,500

 

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  16.   A c. 1850 ceramic antique phrenology bust by Lorenzo N. Fowler, 337 Strand, London.  The address is Fowler's earliest in London and the first found on the iconic Staffordshire Fowler phrenology head. 

 

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  17.  An early 19th century antique bloodletting bowl in pewter with volumetric interior rings.  The base is marked: PARIS.  26.5 cm long.  $950

  18.  An antique dental pelican with two rounded fulcrums and a curved and a straight clawed levers.   A similar tooth extracting pelican is illustrated (exaggerated and claws flattened) in Ambroise Paré, Deux Livres de Chirurgie, Paris, 1573, p. 353.  Dr. Benjamin Bell so describes a figure of a pelican with a curved arm in A System of Surgery (1784) : A claw with a considerable degree of curvature, for extracting teeth at a greater depth in the mouth than the fulcrum can be placed at.  Bell is referring to the molars.  This is a fine example of a scarce antique tooth extracting pelican, the more rare for having a curved arm.  $2,850.

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  19.  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.  $3,250

  20.  A very rare antique sciatic nerve compressor that warranted a book of its own written by the inventor...James Carrick Moore,  A Method of Preventing or Diminishing Pain in Several Operations of Surgery, London, 1784.  Click here to read the monograph.  For a brief biography of James Moore (1762-1834) and history of the James Moore tourniquet, please see this reference: Thomas Dormandy,  The Worst of Evils: The Fight Against Pain, Yale, 2006.  Bennion, Antique Medical Instruments, features a Moore's nerve compressor on p. 189 as the lead item to the section on anesthesia.  Here is an unusual and little recognized artifact from the history of anesthesiology.  The portrait of Dr. Moore is in the collection of The National Galleries of Scotland.  $6.500



John Jackson, James Carrick Moore, 1762 / 1763 - 1834. Surgeon and associate of Edward Jenner

 

 

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