Stock Number: 7439


For sale, antique dental set with 11 tools, all contained of steel with turned ebony handles except the tooth key which has a horn handle. The set is contained in a wooden box lined with red chamois and is complete.


8 x 10 x 1-5/8 inches (20 x 25 x 4 cm)



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Categories: Medicine, Dentistry


UNCOMMON DENTAL SET, French, c. 1875, signed in the case “H. Galante a Paris” and “Galante, Instruments de Chirurgie, 2 rue de l’Ecole de Medecine, Paris,” and on the major instruments (toothkey and two forceps) “Galante.” This fine set comprises eleven tools, plus a small turned ebony box and an auxiliary tooth key claw of larger size. The eight-sided tapered wood handles are ebony; the lovely tooth key handle is turned horn. The full set is contained in its original 8″ x 10″ x 1-5/8″ (20 x 25 x 4 cm) wood case covered in black fabric and lined with red chamois, complete with original key. The set is complete and all original, with the possible exception of the elevator. Condition is very fine throughout. The maker was Henri Galante, established in Paris in 1851. Catalogues are known from 1853 to 1885 (see Davis and Dreyfuss), and the firm had representatives in London and in Naples. A rare example of a cased French dental operating set. 

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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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