Medical Antiques Sale Catalogue

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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.  

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  9.  A c. 1810 antique chiropody instrument set made by the famous coutelier Pierre-François Grangeret, Paris, for the Russian Tsar Alexander I (1777-1825).   The two scissors are interesting: one is marked A DROITE [right] and the other A GAUCHE [left]; while the inside of the blades show the name GRANGERET and the Grangeret hallmark H surmounted by a crown.  Grangeret is France's finest surgical instrument maker of the early 19th century.  The lid of the shagreen-covered case is set with a solid gold plaque upon which is artfully engraved Tsar Alexander I's cipher monogram of a uniquely styled letter A topped by the Great Imperial Crown of Russia.  Surviving Grangeret records catalogue sales to Napoleon I, Louis XVIII, Charles X, and Tsar Alexander I.  Several medical instruments of  Peter the Great exist but no other tsar's instruments are noted.

 

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  10.  A 19th century leeches jar marked: Hirudines.  This German Westerwald salt-glazed pottery leeches jar has four parts:  the outer body; an inner vessel with perforated wall; a lid; and an iron clamp to hold the lid in place.  Hirudines is the Latin word for leeches.  To find such an antique leeches jar with all of its original parts is special.

 

  11.   An antique anesthetic inhaler by the cutler and surgical instrument maker Archibald Young, F.R.S.S.A. (elected a fellow in 1847), Edinburgh.  The design-date for the japanned tin-plate instrument is thought to be c. 1850; it is quite similar to early non-valved anaesthesia inhalers.  One such model is the Stevens and Pratt chloroform inhaler illustrated in The Pharmaceutical Journal, 1847-48, 7. 314 (December 1847).  The present inhaler's double-walled drum has attached to the back a metal plaque embossed with the Royal Arms surmounting Young's name and address:  A. YOUNG / 57 FORREST ROAD / EDINBURGH.   By 1859, Young was gazetted cutler-in-ordinary to Queen Victoria, and, thereafter, he had the privilege to place the Royal Arms on his products.  This inhaler was manufactured between 1879 and 1887, the dates for Young's stand-alone 57 Forrest Road address.  (The address later became 57-61 Forrest Road.)  Young was known, in particular, as an early researcher of sulphuric ether and an inhaler fabricator.  He built various japanned tin-plate inhalers, including an uncomplicated type with no valves, to the specifications of Dr. James Young Simpson (1811-1870), an important proponent of anesthetic ether and chloroform, also of Edinburgh.  No other example of a Young inhaler of this pattern is presently recorded.







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  12.   An exquisite and scarce George III sterling silver antique ear trumpet made by Phipps and Robinson, London.  The antique hearing aid is fully hallmarked and dates to 1805.  The antique hearing horn bears the crest of a right hand holding a dagger.

 

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13.  An antique microscope signed Powell & Lealand, 170 Euston Road, London, and dated 1876.  The original case and some accessories are present.  This Victorian brass microscope appears in the Powell & Lealand catalogue of 1871 as  No. 2--Large Compound Microscope, on an improved construction...  A major difference between this Powell & Lealand No. 2 stand and its predecessors is the enlarging and strengthening of the coarse focus rackwork.  At one time this Powell & Lealand microscope belonged to Frederic J.W. Plaskitt (1868-1926), who was elected a Fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society in 1905.  Ref: L'E Turner, The Great Age of the Microscope: The Collection of the Royal Microscopical Society, no. 124 (dated 1873); The Arthur Frank Collection of Scientific Instruments, Sotheby's London sale of 25 March 1986, no. 303 (dated 1879).  This is an exemplary Powell and Lealand microscope from the Victorian age of brass and glass scientific instruments.

 

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14.   An oil on canvas portrait of John Collins Warren, M.D. (1778-1856), the famed American surgeon and pioneer in the use of anesthesia.  Dr. Warren was a founder of the New England Journal of Medicine and Massachusetts General Hospital; the first dean of the Harvard Medical School; the first surgeon to use anesthetic ether in a public demonstration; and a president of the American Medical Association.  The Ether Dome of Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, is a shrine to Dr. Warren.  The painting is a copy of an unrecorded c. 1830 portrait by Francis Alexander (1800-1880), a well-known American portraitist who was active in Boston.  A study survives in the National Portrait Gallery.  Offered here is an accomplished copy of the Alexander portrait that was painted in 1878 by Augusta Dudley, a Parisian trained New York artist.  The portrait probably was commissioned in commemoration of the 100 year anniversary of Dr. Warren's birth.  Other than the cherubic portrait painted by Gilbert Stuart in 1812 and owned by the Warren family (a copy of the Stuart was made for the family in the 1840s), the Alexander painting is thought to be the only other known oil portrait of Dr. John Collins Warren for which he actually posed.  The full aspect of the Alexander portrait of Dr. Warren is now recovered with the discovery and research of this important painting.  Ex New York Academy of Medicine.  SOLD

 

 

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