19th C. French Cauteries: One with Platinum Point

19th C. French Cauteries: One with Platinum Point

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19th C. French Cauteries: One with Platinum Point


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Categories: Medicine, Surgical instruments


Two French cauteries with ebony handles, one by Collin, the other by Luer, both 3rd quarter of the 19th century in date. The spherical cautery by Collin has a platinum localizing point. A similar platinum-tipped cautery is shown in the 1867 Robert & Collin catalog and is described as M. Guersant’s cautery for “tumeurs érectile”. Length: 12.25″ or  30.6cm. $350.00  The example by Luer, with a universal handle,  has a coin-shaped end.  Length: 14″ or  35cm. $175.00. Cauteries were used to prevent exsanguination and to close amputations. Cauterization was also thought to prevent infection but the damage done to tissue by this process actually made it a more hospitable environment for bacteria. 

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M and 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: [email protected] or 718-541-5974