A circa 1860-70 blue steel and gilded metal lithotrites in very good and working condition by Mathieu a Paris. It is referred to in Harold Thompson’s 1863 paper on Lithotomy and Lithotrity as “The modern French Screw lithotrite”. The particular advantage of this instrument was the ability to apply crushing force on a stone using both a screw mechanisms by ebony handle, and also by percussion. Length 37 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.