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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.  $175   

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115.  An interesting antique brassbound case for obstetric instruments with lid cartouche expertly engraved:  GUY'S HOSPITAL / Junior Obstetric Prize / Awarded by Dr. Ashwell / to / Mr. James Vincent / Session / 1841-1842.  Dr. Samuel Ashwell (1798-1857) was the Obstetric Lecturer on Midwifery at Guy's Hospital, London, from 1834 to 1849.  He gave the Hunterian Society Oration of 1841.  Ashwell was a critic of Dr. James Young Simpson's promotion of chloroform in childbirth, and famously wrote, in early 1848, that the use of chloroform was an ...unnecessary interference with the providentially arranged process of healthy labour...sooner or later, to be followed by injurious and fatal consequences.  The Lancet, 1848; 1: 291-292.  James Vincent was a first year student and he must have shown great promise as he also won Guy's Hospital top prize, a gold medal, at the close of Session 1841-42.  The lid cartouche includes the Guy's Hospital coat-of-arms and the Latin motto: DARE QUAM ACCIPERE ([It is better] to Give than to Receive).  A description of the Guy's Hospital coat-of-arms may be seen at this link.  This dealer is not aware of any other known examples of such a fancy Guy's Hospital cartouche, though they certainly must have existed.  $550,%20box%20for%20OB%20instruments,%20Samuel%20Ashwell%20prize,%20Guy's%20Hospital,%201841-1842,%20lid%20cartouche.jpg

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.  SOLD


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117.  A very rare antique Wutzer surgical instrument for radical cure of hernia.  For details on its use, please see this link.  $950


118.  A clinical thermometer by Becton, Dickinson, with sterling silver case.  $225


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.  $275 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.  The silver is tarnished.  $425




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.  SOLD




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