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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. Sales are considered final after three days inspection unless other arrangements are made beforehand.

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  90.  A high grade Civil War date Model 1850 staff and field officer's sword retailed by Tiffany & Co., New York.  Collins & Co., of Hartford, made the blade, in 1861, and supplied it to Tiffany.  The brass furniture was finished to Tiffany's high standards and displays a skilled engraver's hand.  Give special notice to the finely engraved eagle on the face of the scabbard tip.  The back of the upper brass ring mount of the scabbard is engraved:  Presented to / Major A.B. Mott / US. Vol. / New York 1862.  Alexander Brown Mott, M.D. (1826-1889), was the son of Dr. Valentine Mott (shown in the bottom photograph), the panjandrum of New York surgeons in the 1830s - 1860s.   Dr. Alex Mott, himself, was a well-known surgeon in New York City prior to the Civil War and was a co-founder of Bellevue Hospital.  In November of 1862,  Mott was commissioned a major in the U.S. Volunteers.  It was on this occasion that the sword was presented to Mott, and, by the way the inscription reads, the presenter was probably his family.  Mott had a remarkable military career, including service at the Battle of Gettysburg as a surgeon in Yates' Brigade, the New York Draft Riots, and the Capture of Richmond.  As the Medical Inspector of the Department of Virginia on General Ord's staff, late in the Civil War, Mott witnessed Generals Grant and Lee at Appomattox.  For a synopsis of Mott's life, please click here.  SOLD


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   91.   A c. 1860 ceramic souvenir figurine of the original Siamese Twins Eng and Chang.  The charming and primitively molded sculpture was probably made in Germany and is labeled: SIAM ZWILLING [TWINS].   The piece stands 8.5 cm high, and heads and loin cloths are hand-painted.   The conjoined twins took several tours to Europe , and this antique souvenir may have coincided with the late 1860s trip that was to include Germany, though the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War cancelled that venue.  Click here for more information on the history of the original Siamese Twins. A relic from an age when the Siamese Twins were on display and gained world-wide fame.  $275

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 92.  The dated 16 July 1803 commission of Thomas Ross (d. 1831) to the position of staff …Surgeon to Our Forces…, signed George R[ex] (King George III). Ross was first posted as a mate to the 2nd Regiment of Foot in 1792. By 1794, he was surgeon to the 55th Regiment of Foot. Surgeon Ross saw action in the Peninsular War (1808-09) and retired in 1810. The Royal Seal is attached. See William Johnson, Commissioned Officers, 1727-1898, 1328.  $1,250

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  93.  A set of four 17th century antique bloodletting thumb lancets in a shagreen case.  Two of the lancets have c. 1600s London hallmarks...a dagger, a Roman letter D, and scepter mark of the cutler James Dod, which was entered in 1620, and the letter P and crown of Nicholas Pace, which dates to 1655.  The other two lancets have a diamond stamp (the 1606 registered mark of Thomas Sharford?).  The name S[i]r A.M. Trollope is inscribed onto the inside of one lancet's cover.  This ancient set exhibits great character.  SOLD

  94.  An antique pap boat / invalid feeder made by the London silversmith John Rich in 1787.  $475  

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  95.  A very rare c. 1850  rowelling forceps marked: GOULDING / NEW YORK.  This antique veterinarian counter-irritation instrument was made by William Goulding, who was active from 1844 to about 1854.  See Edmonson, p. 218.  $125 counter-irritation_rowelling_forceps_Goulding.jpg (43367 bytes)
  96.   A c. 1880 antique post mortem set by the surgical instrument maker John Dick, Glasgow, with lid cartouche inscribed:  Dr. Wiley / Stewarton.  Dr. John Wyllie (1853-1917), of  Stewarton, Scotland, was a graduate of the University of Glasgow in 1881.  $1,250







  97.  Two fine COLLEGIUM MEDICO CHRURGICALE PHILADELPHIENSE prize medals presented to Harry Lowenburg (1878-1943).  The upper medal is engraved on one side: Faculty medal / to / Harry Lowenburg / 2nd Year Class 1899.  The lower medal is engraved on the reverse:  THE FACULTY MEDAL / Awarded / to / Harry Lowenburg / For the highest / general average / Junior Class / 1900.  Dr. Lowenburg received his M.D. in 1901, and he had a pediatrics practice in Philadelphia.  He was a lecturer in pediatrics at this alma mater, chief in pediatrics at Mount Sinai and Philadelphia General hospitals, consulting chief to the Jewish Hospital, and a director of the Northeastern Hebrew Orphan's Home.  The earlier medal is of particularly fine quality and quite stunning.  $650 medal, Philadelphia, 1899, gold, rb.jpg (41102 bytes)

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