Anel’s lachrymal syringe by Charriere, C 1880

Anel’s lachrymal syringe by Charriere, C 1880

Stock Number: 351104 C

€ 495,-


Case 11 x 5 x 2 cm


C 1880

Country of manufacture


Categories: Medicine, Therapeutic & Functional Aids, Other Medical Antiques


A nice 19th century Anel’s lachrymal syringe and “pipes” from Charriere A Paris in silver. The fine leather fitted is lined with silk and velvet. The lancet is also marked by Charriere.

In 1713 Anel decribed the use of a silver syringe and canulae (“pipes”) for the diagnosis and treatment of lachrymal duct disese. The first drawing of this syringe circa 1745 are shown in the last picture. Over the following 200 years it has evolved into a smaller syringe with a single grip ring but one with a charactieristic form. During that time his syringe featured prominently in virtually all surgical instrument catalogues throughout Europe and America. Since the 1960s its use has declined with the declining dignosis of lachrymal fistulae and with the use of moderen non specific syringes for irrigation. Dimension case 11 x 5 x 2 cm.

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Van Leest Antiques

Van Leest Antiques, based in Utrecht in the Netherlands, specialises in antique scientific and medical instruments. Their collection covers mainly scientific and medical antique instruments: barometers, globes and planataria, nautical instruments, anatomical models, and pharmacy items. Toon Van Leest travels regularly in Europe and visits trade fairs, auctions, and antique dealers to collect stock and to find pieces to fulfil his clients' unusual requests.

As well as being an avid antique collector and dealer, Toon Van Leest is also a dentist. He believes that antiques are a stable investment, not reliant on trends or fashion, and have truly lasting value. Above all, he says, antiques are timeless and never lose their beauty.