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Medical and Scientific Antiques for Sale Catalogue

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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.  A fine c. 1880 antique Cammann binaural stethoscope with tension spring for the ear tubes.  The bell is turned from ebony.  SOLD

  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.

 

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  31.   A rare Egyptian New Kingdom funerary cone (so-called) from the tomb of Nakht and his wife, Tawy, Theban tomb number 52.  The face of this c. 1400 BC Egyptian funerary cone is stamped in hieroglyphics: Revered one before Osiris, the Astronomer of Amun and scribe Nakht and for his wife, a Chantress of Amun, Tawy.  Out of over 600 New Kingdom funerary cones catalogued, only the one example of Nakht bears the title of astronomer priest (wnwt...also translated as hour-watcher; astrologer) of Amun (Temple of Karnak).  A brief biography of Nakht (fl. c. 1400 B.C.) may be viewed in Michael Rice, Who's  Who in Ancient Egypt, p. 122.  Dating to the 18th Dynasty and the period of Thutmosis IV and Amenhotep III,  TT 52 is noted for the exceptionally high quality painted scenes on its interior walls.  A study of the tomb may be seen at Nakht-TT52.  The exact purpose of these bake clay cones is not known, though many conjectures have been put forward.  My hypothesis is that they represent a lotus blossom from which rebirth springs and echo the symbolic cones placed upon the head in the funerary Opening of the Mouth ceremony and banquets.  The symbolic head cones are often shown in association with a lotus blossom, a symbol of rebirth (the lotus flower opens in the morning to sunlight and closes in the darkness of the evening) and a favored scent.  In effect,  the lotus cones with the names of Nakht and Tawy were placed on the tomb to ensure their afterlife.  The mural detail from TT 55 shown here depicts Tawy wearing a garland and necklace, both decorated with lotus cones.  Clay ones have been found in situ over the entrance to, in the open courtyards of, and within the tombs of high ranking non-royals.  The majority of cones recorded date to the New Kingdom (1550 BC to 1069 BC) and are from the Theban Necropolis.  Ref: M.F. Laming Macadam (ed.), A Corpus of Inscribed Egyptian Funerary Cones, Part I, plates, Oxford, 1957, Macadam no 157.  The funerary cone of Nakht and Tawy is 20cm long.  Here is an early artifact from the history of astronomy and Ancient Egypt.

 

 

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  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.

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

 

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