1883 Patent “Recussitator”

1883 Patent “Recussitator”


1883 Patent "Recussitator"


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North America

Categories: Medicine, Quack Medicine


 This “Recussitator” that was patented March 13, 1883. If you read the patent specifications you will find that the patentee saying: “The recussitator is an instrument containing about thirty needles…for the purpose of perforating the skin,therefore making it the medium of egress for the deleterious matters in the blood, both with and without external medication. By this means the blood may be directly  innoculated  [emphasis added]  with suitable remedies, the action of which in this manner is deemed more speedy, certain, and efficacious than when taken through mouth into the stomach.” While it appears to superficially resemble the Lebenswecker , the Lebenswecker was a counter-irritant device that was based on a homeopathic model. The fact that the instrument ( the handle is wood, probably mahogany or ebony) does not completely conform to the patent drawings is no cause for concern. One frequently encounters disparities between a patent drawing and the manufactured product resulting from changes that had to be made because of the requirements and/or expense of fabrication. In 4+ decades of dealing in medical antiques we’ve not seen another example of this device in the flesh, in a book or in a catalog. It is a very rare instrument. 

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US M&R Gordon

Michael and Roberta Gordon have been dealing in medical and dental antiques for more than four decades. They have helped build a number of major private collections and have contributed to the holdings of many museums. They also deal in other scientific and technology related items, including calculating instruments, office machines, patent models and wine-related accessories such as corkscrews. ROBERTA GORDON IS A SKILLED RESTORER WHO CAN HELP YOU WITH ANY INSTRUMENTS AND CASES THAT NEED ATTENTION. Feel free to contact them for details at: mgordon1940@gmail.com or 718-623-6777