1) Ophthalmic Surgery Set, English, c. second half 19th c., by Weiss & Son of London. The 6-1/2″ (17 cm) long fitted case contains two Weiss scalpels, two Weiss needles, one Charriere needle, and one Luer needle, all signed and with matching mounts. Condition is good, the case lid detached. SOLD
2) Civil War Period Thermometer, American, c. 1860’s, unsigned. This bent arm axilla (underarm) thermometer is 5-1/4″ (13 cm) overall, with scale (83 – 112 F., by half degrees) hand-engraved on the attached plaque. Condition is very fine, complete with the good original case (lid detached). $350.
3) Fine Trephine, probably English, c. first half 19th century, measuring 4-1/2″ (11 cm) tall, with finely turned ebony handle, lacquered brass shank, conical cut steel bit with helical threads, and central steel centering pin on blued steel slide with set screw for setting depth. A very fine example of this skull-surgery tool. SOLD
4) Lenticular, probably English, c. mid-19th century, 5-5/8″ (14 cm) overall, with turned ebony handle and domed five-sided polished steel head for pressing and trimming during brain surgery. Very fine. SOLD
5) Fine Feeding / Medicine Spoon, American, c. late 19th century. Measuring 9″ (23 cm) overall, made of coin silver or heavy silver plate, the spoon is signed “Pat. 1885” and “Holmes Booth & Haydens A1.” In excellent condition throughout, we note that the bowl his twin graduated ridges for determining quantity. A fine American piece. $240.
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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 protected]
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