Stock Number: 9456


For sale, a fine antique surgical bullet extractor with polished steel probe / scoop with opposable toothed shaft. The instrument is very straightforward for bullet removal.


9-1/2 inches (24 cm)


third quarter 19th century

Country of manufacture

UK and Ireland

Categories: Medicine, Surgical instruments


BULLET EXTRACTOR, English, c. third quarter 19th century, unsigned but attributable to Coxeter of London. Measuring 9-1/2″ (24 cm) overall (closed), the extractor has a polished steel probe / scoop, with opposable toothed shaft for securing the bullet. Using the finger pulls made of a fine alloy, one withdraws the shaft, inserts the probe into the wound until the bullet is touched and then surrounded by the spiked scoop, and finally squeezes the spiked shaft closed against the bullet and withdraws the instrument. Condition is fine noting a little rust spotting. We have had one other example of this form, that one by Coxeter “Inventor & Maker” (Tesseract Cat 28, Item 63). Longmore illustrates and describes the instrument in his book “Gunshot Injuries,” and explains that it was much used during the Crimean War of the 1850’s.

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David and Yola Coffeen both have enjoyed academic careers, as planetary astronomer and as linguist/educator. But since 1982 (yes, 1982!) they have been full-time dealers in early scientific and medical instruments, under the name Tesseract. Selling primarily by catalogue (over 100 issued so far) they also have a web presence at www.etesseract.com, and can be contacted at [email protected].

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