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Below is a listing of a few medical, surgical, and dental antiques and books 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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  28.  An American Civil War Model 1840 Medical Staff sword.  The fire gilt brass hilt and mounts are well-cast with crisp and deep detail.  The langet is set with silver Old English M.S. letters that stand for Medical Staff, while the blade is etched and chased with elaborate foliate decorations, trophies and flags, a second set of M.S. initials, and with a Staff of Asklepios.  The ricasso is engraved Coulaux & Cie // à Klingenthal, a well-known blade maker.  The poinçons of a crown over a B and a crown over a D are stamped into the ricasso and were hallmarks in use by Coulaux in the 1850s-60s.  $2,450


  29.   An early 19th century antique amputation set by Francis Cluley, Sheffield, England.  The two saws, the two knives, and the bone forceps are marked CLULEY.  The capital amputation saw has a handsome ebony handle, and the large surgical knife is expressly made for circular amputations.  A lidded-compartment between the bone forceps handles holds suturing needles.  The Napoleonic Wars era surgical set includes two Petit tourniquets to meet the needs of multiple amputations such as in a battle setting.  Cluley is a relatively rare Georgian surgical instrument maker and was in business from around 1810 to 1830.  $4,250


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30.  William Cowper, Anatomia corporum humanorum centum et quatuordecim tabulis ... amplius explicata, multique novis anatomicis inventis, chirurgicisque observationibus aucta a Guilielmo Cowper, Nunc primum latinitate donata. Curante Gulielmo Dundass, Brittano M.D. Leiden, Langerak, 1739. 1st Latin edition. Folio with 114 plates.  $5,500

Previous owners:

Louis Lepecq de la Clôture (1736-1804), a French specialist in epidemic diseases

Jules Tinel (1879-1952), a French neurologist

A. Bernardas de Oliveira (1901-1981), a Brazilian gastroenterologist



  31.   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.  $6,500



  32.   A fine oil portrait of Lewis Albert Sayre, M.D. (1820-1900), signed by the American painter Edward Bowers and dated 1860.  Dr. Sayre is considered to be among the founding fathers of American orthopedic surgery and was the first professor of the first American orthopedic surgery department, Bellevue Hospital Medical College, New York City.  He handled numerous difficult orthopedic cases during the American Civil War, and he has 6 citations in the monumental Medical and Surgical History of  the War of the Rebellion.  Dr. Sayre was a founder of the New York Pathological Society; the New York Academy of Medicine; the BHMC, now NYU; and the American Medical Association, serving as president of the latter in 1880.  He was also instrumental in the movement promoting male circumcision in the U.S.  Edward Bowers (c. 1822-after 1870), of Baltimore, was painting in New York just before the Civil War and was an associate member of the National Academy of Art.  This is the only known oil portrait of Dr. Lewis A. Sayre and the painting is in excellent condition.  Ex New York Academy of Medicine.  SOLD


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 33.  A handsome mid-18th century English silver antique tongue depressor and spatula with pierced work.  The touch mark is the letter A.  This 5.5 inches long tongue depressor was crafted by the same silversmith as the one pictured in Bennion, Antique Medical Instruments, Plate III.  A very similar instrument was made by the American colonial silversmith Paul Revere.  $850

 34.  A vintage Auzoux anatomical model of the human brainstem.  It is signed:  Anatomie clastique / Dr. Auzoux 1956.  $2,850


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