A purple velvet lined case contains , hard wood tube with a cap unscrews from end to reveal a plate with numerous sharp needles. The other end is a rod which can be pulled back activating a spring. When the rod is released the needles thrust forward to perforate the skin. Case also contains a hollow wood rod. The bottle for the oil is missing The top of the case, which is an odd shape has a label “Le Reveilleur de la vie, instrument revulseur bte sgdg. par le dr Lipkau, depot general, 5 rue scribe Paris. Circa 1870. On the end of the instrument next to the cap the work Dr. Lipkau and the letters sgdg are embossed. Measurements 29 x 7 x 5 cm.
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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.