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A Hewlett Packard Rappaport Sprague binaural stethoscope.



A c. 1860 antique trephine set by Hernstein, New York.  The surgery case is complete with all the original instruments and the lid cartouche is marked : U[nited]. S[tates]. A[rmy].  This is a very fine Civil War military neurosurgery kit.


An 1850s quarter-plate daguerreotype of a young and earnest Andrew B. Spinney, M.D. (1835-1912), in three-quarter pose and holding a walking stick and leather medicine and instrument satchel. Dr. Spinney graduated in 1859 from the Cleveland Homeopathic Medical College, and the daguerreotype, no doubt, was taken at about that time. He was licensed to practice in Colorado, Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio. There is an 1863 reference in the Medical & Surgical History regarding his treating a Michigan soldier. Spinney died in Detroit and his JAMA obituary will be provided to the buyer. The doctor is identified by two documents that come with the image.  Medical daguerreotypes are rare and desirable.



An antique Esmarch's chloroform drop bottle by Betz, St. Louis.



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A c. 1920 photograph of the showroom of Edmund H. Karrer Company, a surgical instrument dealer, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  The upper photo is a detail (reversed) of the company's name on the front door.  Note the various binaural stethoscopes displayed in the center freestanding glass cabinet.  The image is inscribed on the back by Karrer.  The photographer was A.J. Breitwish, of Milwaukee.



A c. 1890 gynecological sponge tent.



A c. 1860 obstetrical forceps by Capron, Paris.  The instrument is a modified Levret, probably a Moreau, and it is unusual in that it features two sharp hooks that are incorporated into the ends of the handles.  The protecting end caps are unscrewed in the photograph.



An exceedingly rare handwritten ink notice originally placed upon the surgeonís office door at Castle Thunder, one of the prisons for captured Federal soldiers in Richmond .  The notice reads:  Notice! / No Admittance / except / On Business; and / NO LOUNGING / Counten[an]nced in this Room: / It is a MEDICAL OFFICE.  The back is further inscribed in period ink:  This taken from a / door in Castle Thunder / by me.  O.F.R.  A period pencil drawing and CDV of Castle Thunder accompany the document.  The notice is pictured in Dammann, Civil War Medical Instruments and Equipment, Vol. II, p. 93.  This is a remarkable piece of Civil War Confederate medical ephemera.



A Savigny, London, combination antique enema and stomach pump set with the case cartouche engraved: A[rmy]. M[edical]. D[epartment] / STOMACH PUMP.  All tubing is present and the handle to the pump is ivory.


A c. 1870 antique tintype photograph of a young doctor taking the wrist pulse of a grimacing patient whose other hand is holding his stomach.  Note that the doctor is looking at an opened hunter case pocket watch held in his hand.



A  c. 1890 antique portable monaural stethoscope by Kny-Scheerer.  The two-piece stem unscrews and stores within the earplate.



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