Stock Number: 8268


For sale, antique 19th century bullet removal forceps. This is the design of Dr. Samuel Gross, a prolific inventor of surgical instruments, and was manufactured by Tiemann & Co., the renowned American firm.


9-3/8 inches (24cm) long


c. late 19th century

Country of manufacture

North America

Categories: Medicine, Surgical instruments


GROSS’ BULLET FORCEPS, American, late 19th century, signed “Tiemann & Co.,” 9-3/8″ (24 cm) long, of polished steel. These slim forceps terminate in a sharply toothed open cup and a toothed finger for securely gripping a lead ball (whether round or conical), or a steel covered bullet. But when closed, they present a blunt end, for delicate probing. Condition is very fine noting minor rust spotting. Dr. Samuel Gross was a prolific inventor, represented by no less than 17 instruments in the 1889 Tiemann catalogue. In 1859 he had authored the exhaustive two-volume work A System of Surgery – Pathological, Diagnostic, Therapeutic, and Operative, complete with over 2300 pages and over 900 engraved illustrations.

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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, and can be contacted at [email protected].

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