Silver lachrymal syringe C 1840

Silver lachrymal syringe C 1840

Stock Number: 360504 K


Silver lachrymal syringe C 1840


14 cm long


C 1840

Country of manufacture

UK and Ireland

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


A fine silver La Foret lachrymal syringe with pipe (cannulae), C1840. These were designed to cannulate and irrigate the lachrymal ducts via a nasolachrymal approach as opposed to Anel’s direct access through the external eye. La Foret noted (1753) that the commonest sites of constriction were at the lower end of the lachrymal duct. English surgeons in the early nineteenth century came to accept the value of syringing using Anel’s pipes  or La Foret’s retrograde pipes according to the skill and fancy of the surgeon. Length 14 cm

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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.