Tools of the Trade: Surgical Knives and Scalpels
In your hunt for the ultimate in medical instruments, don’t pass by loose instruments such as knives and scalpels. Surgical knives were used for amputations, see my article on Amputation Sets (Collecting Amputation Sets 101, Tools of the Trade: Amputation Saws, Proper Care and Storage of Antique Medical Instruments) Two methods were used for amputation. […]
Proper Care and Storage of Antique Medical Instruments
Many of us have collections of antiques we wish to display but are not sure how. We do not always know what might look good, or what is safe for our precious antiques. This applies to medical antiques as well as art glass or comics. The thing most harmful to antiques, including medical antiques, is […]
Antiques and Collectibles of the Apothecary
Until fairly recently, apothecaries (or chemists, pharmacists, druggists) compounded their own medicine and made their own pills, tinctures, syrups etc. Books called Pharmacopoeia were available with recipes for the various medicines, and the apothecary and his assistants spent much time making their wares (before books, chemists kept their recipes in their heads or on papyri, […]
Finding an Example from Great-Granddad’s Phonograph Company
By Tom Carrier WorthPoint Worthologist EDITOR’S NOTE: Brimfield, Mass., is a small New England town with a population of about 5,000 or so. Settled in 1706, it shows its traditional New England quaintness rather well. It has its large, steepled church, and with the leaves of autumn or the snow of winter, looks the part […]
A Yankee Auction—The Duncklee Dair Farmstead
By Tom Carrier WorthPoint Worthologist “Hey, I got 10, now, can I get 20. Bid a little more, it’s only money. I got 20, am lookin’ for 30. Thirty and a half, could I get 40. Borrow a ten from your friend Jordy.” That’s the chant of auctioneer Walt Kolenda of Walt Kolenda Auctions, located […]
Tools of the Trade: Amputation Saws
You know, if you read my blog on amputation sets, that amputations were the surgical procedures most performed during the Civil War. Resection was a procedure performed then as well, but it took a long time and it was a fact that soldiers had a better chance of survival the quicker the operation. The earliest […]
Thom Pattie Evaluates: Antique Telescope
Worthologist Thom Pattie examines and evaluates an antique Carl Zeiss telescope at Treasures from the Attic, a fund raising event held at the Metz Middle School in Manassas, Virginia. Proceeds from the event support the Manassas Musuem.
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I have a item that could be a melon baller . I have not seen a picture. the tong has a spoon and wrote is C.SCHLICKER MFG.CO. N.Y. U.S.A. AND ON THE OVAL RING IS WROTE PATENTED. I would to know the purpose of this tool and date made. If you know the MFG CO and what kind of items they mfg would be great.
Sterling Silver Spoon
I have a sterlingsilver serving spoon pat.1889. It has a mark between the sterling and pat.1889. How do I find how much this is worth? Or can someone give me an educated guess on how much it could be worth