A fine and unusual  set of Perkins Tractors

A fine and unusual set of Perkins Tractors

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A fine and unusual set of Perkins Tractors

Dimensions

See description

Circa

1800

Maker

Elisha Perkins

Country of manufacture

North America

Categories: Medicine, Quack Medicine

Description

A fine and unusual  set of Perkins tractors. Patented in 1896, this beautifully cased and fully signed  set has a removable chamois divider. They are  slightly smaller and more pronouncedly  tear-shaped than the other sets we’ve seen. Length: 2.4″ The case is covered on top and sides in red morocco leather and green leather on the bottom; the hook and eye closure is intact and functional. Included among our images is Gillray’s 1801 satirical drawing of the tractors in use. For an excellent discussion of the history of this marvel of medical quackery see the Duke University site that is linked below. 
https://blogs.library.duke.edu/rubenstein/2017/01/26/perkins-tractors/

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US 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: mgordon1940@gmail.com or 718-623-6777