Syphilis human skull.

Syphilis human skull.

Stock Number: 00 380516 a S



adult human skull



Country of manufacture


Categories: Medicine, Scientific, Other Medical Antiques, Natural history


An old graveyard human syphilis skull, C 1880-1900 and probably male. In that period a lot of cemeteries were cleared because of urban expansion and population growth.

There is evidence of porotic hyperostosis involving both parietals with trace on the frontal bone. There are also numerous lytic bone lesions and stellate scars on the frontal and both parietals. Additionally, tooth loss, alveolar abscessing, resorption are present and the left arcus zygomaticus is broken.

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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.