English mid 18th century, signed on the scalpel and the S. Sharp double-jawes cranium forceps with a crown and star, Neuro surgical set. This set is contained in its original (24x20x6 cm) fitted wood case covered in black fishskin and lined in red velvet, the case with brass hines, excutheon, handle plate, and latches, all elegantly shaped. Present is a complete trepanation set of polished steel tools with turned handles of beautifully grained tropical hardwood. Included are two cutting trephines of different diameters, each with central pin and mounted with large boldly shaped handles; wood handled brass tool for removing the central pins; arrowhead perforator; Samuel Sharp’s double-jawed cranium forcep; elevator raspatory; two lenticulars; tripod supporting articulated elevator raspatory; two lenticulars; tripod supporting articulated elevator with serrated surface; and large scalpel . all is original to the set. Missing is a little scraper tip from one lenticular.
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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.