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On ebay you'll find over 100 categories covering the Medieval and Renaissance periods, through Georgian, Regency and Victorian, to Edwardian, Art Nouveau and Art Deco.

Antique Dealers in California

Linda Stamberger

Linda Stamberger, author of "Antiquing In Florida", is a Florida expert and freelance writer of many genres. Visit this site to read her articles - some of which are available for purchase - as is her book.

Brooks Novelty Antiques and Records

Brooks Novelty is an all-vinyl record store. We specialize in: jukeboxes, vintage soda machines, antique slot machines, pin balls, arcade games, neon clocks and signs, rare concert posters, old advertising signs and much more!

The Antique Company

Established in the late 1900's, we occupy a huge corner building with a small garden area that leads to another 1000 sq foot store (called TAC) that contains our Mid Century collection.

Vintage Westclox

Westclox photo identification gallery and history and information of clocks, watches and other timepieces. This site primarily displays American clocks made by Westclox that were made from the early 1900's up to about the 1960's.

Antique Appraisals On-Line

We are one of the country's largest, oldest, most qualified and respected appraisal services. The majority of our appraisals are estate and personal property evaluations for valuation documentation purposes. However, we have evaluated goods and personal property for natural disaster losses (hurricanes), theft, fire, freight and shipping damage after the loss has occurred.

Connoisseur Antiques

Featuring fine antique furniture, Connoisseur Antiques is a Los Angeles Antique Furniture Showroom specializing in antique clocks and mirrors, European and French antiques, Antique Lighting, Chandeliers, Sconces, Armoires and much more.

Liz's Antique Hardware

Antique Hardware is the backbone of our business. We offer a complete selection of door, window and furniture hardware, lighting and accessories circa 1890 to 1970.

San Francisco Antique and Design Mall

San Francisco Antique and Design Mall is the largest antique mall in northern California. We opened our doors in October 1997 with 75 dealers and today we have over 200 of San Francisco's most professional antique specialists.

Ambiance Antiques

Importer of 18th and 19th Century French Antiques

C'est La Vie Antiques

European Antique and Accessories in San Diego, CA.

Lang Antiques

We carry a large selection of fine antique jewelry, antique rings & antique engagement rings. We also have vintage estate jewelry, vintage estate rings & vintage estate engagement rings from the Victorian, Art Nouveau, Edwardian & Art Deco style periods.

Once in a Blue Moon Online Thrift Store

We are an online thrift store featuring new, used, and unusual items.

Monday, June 25, 2012

A Virtual Cabinet of Beautiful and Bizarre Medical Antiques -

A Virtual Cabinet of Beautiful and Bizarre Medical Antiques -

A Virtual Cabinet of Beautiful and Bizarre Medical Antiques Dr. Laurie Slater's was recently given an overhaul, and the results are stunning. The archive is a gorgeous repository of antique medical, surgical and dental instruments filled with pictures and insights into their use. Physick, which is a 16th century term for medicine, started with only a handful of objects used for teaching, but has now expanded to over a thousand different items.

Slater has collected the objects from far and wide, including garage sales, bric-a-brac stalls, dealers, auction houses and antique fairs around the world. Most pieces originated in the UK and Europe, but some items come as far away as Asia and Australia. Slater has organized all items by category, each with multiple photographs and detailed descriptions.

Here's a sampling of what can be found at the archive (all captions and images via

A Virtual Cabinet of Beautiful and Bizarre Medical AntiquesFrench Nasal Rectificateur

An unusual early 20th century French nasal ‘Rectificateur' which would have been applied after nasal fracture or facial injury. The apparatus was placed over the nose and held secure with straps around the back of the head. The idea was that by adjusting the screws on the nose piece, pressure could be applied to recreate symmetry after injuries which might have deviated the nasal septum. Quite likely completely useless, but a fascinating glimpse into historical medical practice. It comes with the original box which is marked "Rectificateur ‘Nice Nose' Brevete"!

A Virtual Cabinet of Beautiful and Bizarre Medical AntiquesOphthalmophantome

A model used as a teaching aid for students and eye surgeons. The secret is in their eyes according to Campanella's film and this is the case here. The ophthalmophantome is a somewhat mesmerising model on which student doctors could try their hand at eye surgery. Not human, but pig eyes were inserted in the sockets and secured by means of adjustable clamps whilst the aspiring surgeons tried out their skills. The aluminium face (once black) remains deadpan throughout.

A Virtual Cabinet of Beautiful and Bizarre Medical AntiquesMeadows Vaginal Speculum

A rare 19th century silver plated 4 blade vaginal speculum made by Meadows in 1869. It works on a similar principle to the Graves speculum but the two small extra blades take their leverage from the main blades. A retaining screw fixes the blades in an open position. It is marked Maw Son and Thompson who were in business from 1870-1901

A Virtual Cabinet of Beautiful and Bizarre Medical Antiques19th Century French Cupping Set

An attractive late 19th century cupping set with four cups, a suction pump, connectors with residual rubber tubing and scarificator in a mahogany box. The centrally placed cup is a breast cup which was a common feature in French cupping sets and which gave them a dual function as breast pumps. The scarificator is a round French 8 bladed example in perfect working condition. There is no makers mark on the instruments but this set is typical of the style of Charriere who would almost certainly have been the maker. The red leather lined lid of the box shows faint lettering and the top line is difficult to make out but the second line reads "Buenos Aires" which was where the set would have been retailed.

A Virtual Cabinet of Beautiful and Bizarre Medical AntiquesEnglish Female Porcelain Urinal

An early 19th century female urinal with a decorative transfer design. This is the English equivalent to the French bordalou and would have been used in the bed chamber or as portable relief during travel or perhaps as was supposed the case in Paris even during long sermons at church.

A Virtual Cabinet of Beautiful and Bizarre Medical AntiquesVecabe Dental Model Jaw and Teeth

A well fashioned French antique dental model by Vecabé. The full set of teeth are made from enamel and would have been painstakingly crafted and fired individually. Each one is secured to the mandible with brass pin and can be removed. They fit together perfectly to form an anatomically correct bite. The heavy metal block opens through 180 degrees to allow detailed inspection. On the upper surface is engraved "Vecabé Brevet D'invention 675996 SGDG Modèle D'Examen Destiné a L'Art Dentaire Brevets Dans Touts Les Pays Civilisés 12032″. Dates to the 1920′s.

A Virtual Cabinet of Beautiful and Bizarre Medical AntiquesFrench 19th Century Syringe Set

An fine antique sterling silver syringe. Albert S. Aloe was born in Scotland in 1842 and died in St. Louis, Missouri in 1893, the A. S. Aloe Company was founded around 1860. The syringe comes with its original lined case (signed) and accompaniments. These include a silver blunt ending hollow cannula for injection or aspiration and a long needle with a long silver sheath on a screw thread which in the unscrewed position protects the sharp end of the needle. This instrument was used for the injection of haemorrhoids.

Via Medgadget where you can also read an interview with Dr. Laurie Slater.


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