Six late 19th and early 20th-Century Probangs

Six late 19th and early 20th-Century Probangs


Six late 19th and early 20th-Century Probangs





Country of manufacture

North America

Categories: Medicine, Surgical instruments


Six late 19th and early 20th-century probangs. Probangs  were used to remove foreign bodies that were lodged in the throat or esophagus. Numbers 1,2 and 6 have shafts made of a flexible natural material. Number 1 has German-silver mountings and when the collar is slid down folds in half. Number 4 is stamped “ARNOLD & SON” and with the broad arrow indicating that it was used in the British military. Nos 3 and 5 are two different version of R.P. McUlly’s US patent (No. 680,936) , which was issued on August 20,1901. The patent’s innovation  resided in the probang’s head being easily removable, which according McCully ” permits the use of the bristle-head only once, after which it may be thrown away and replaced by another”. Since bristle probangs were not easily sterilized this reduced the risk of  infection.



Numbers 3, 4, 5 and 6 have been sold.    

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M and R Gordon

Michael and Roberta Gordon have been dealing in medical and dental antiques for more than four decades. They have helped build a number of major private collections and have contributed to the holdings of many museums. They also deal in other scientific and technology related items, including calculating instruments, office machines, patent models and wine-related accessories such as corkscrews. ROBERTA GORDON IS A SKILLED RESTORER WHO CAN HELP YOU WITH ANY INSTRUMENTS AND CASES THAT NEED ATTENTION. Feel free to contact them for details at: [email protected] or 718-541-5974