FOWLER’S CURVED URETHRAL SOUNDS
Stock Number: 9373
For sale, antique set of urethral sounds, signed on the case label. A complete set of six double ended metal sounds in graduated sizes, designed for male urologic procedures.
12-3/8 inches (31 cm) case size
Country of manufacture
FOWLER’S CURVED URETHRAL SOUNDS, American, c. 1885, signed on the case label “C.E. Riker, 1227 Broadway, N.Y.” This is a complete set of six double-ended finely-polished metal sounds in graduated sizes, all contained in the original 12-3/8″ (31 cm) long leather bound wood case. Condition is very fine, the case exterior a bit rough.
An identical set is listed in a late 19th century Sharp and Smith catalogue, as “Dr. Fowler’s set of sounds” having “the regular Van Buren curve and taper.” They are designed for dilating the male urethral canal, for locating strictures, and for sounding the presence of stones.
Charles E. Riker is listed at this NY address from 1880 until 1894 (see Edmonson).
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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@example.com.