Silver concealed Tonsillectomy Lancet, 1837

Silver concealed Tonsillectomy Lancet, 1837

Stock Number: 421118 p



17 cm long




George Cowles London

Country of manufacture

UK and Ireland

Categories: Medicine, Surgical instruments, Other Medical Antiques


Silver concealed Tonsillectomy Lancet, a device for lancing quinsy by “George Cowles London 1837” conform the Hallmarks. 17 cm long and working condition.

An example is seen in Elizabeth Bennion’s Antique Medical Instruments P 107 described by Heister 1745; “silver-gilt caustic holder and applicator” and “An instrument maker of Amsterdam showed me a new instrument for opening suppurated tonsils, the inventor of which is unknown to me … which appears like a spatula and in which is contained the lancet”

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NL Van Leest Antiques

Van Leest Antiques

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.