Galante Mastoid drill in case, C 1875

Galante Mastoid drill in case, C 1875

Stock Number: 00 380502 A S



20 x 8 x 5 cm



Country of manufacture


Categories: Medicine, Surgical instruments, Other Medical Antiques


An unique French, c. 1875,Mastoid drill set in original case and signed on the drill with “Galante”. Galante was situated with Instruments de Chirurgie on the 2 rue de l’Ecole de Medecine, Paris, This fine set comprises four crown drills, two central drill ( one broken) and the drill. The two wood handles of the drill are ebony. The full set is contained in its original 20 x 8 x 5 cm wood case covered in black fabric and lined with purple velvet. The set is complete and all original, with one centrale drill fixed in the crown drill.  The maker was Henri Galante, established in Paris in 1851. Catalogues are known from 1853 to 1885 (see Davis and Dreyfuss), and the firm had representatives in London and in Naples.

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NL Van Leest Antiques

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.