• 15
    May

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. […]

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  • 31
    Mar

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 […]

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  • 26
    Mar

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, […]

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  • 30
    Jan

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 […]

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  • 29
    Dec

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 […]

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  • 4
    Oct

Trivets of Cast Metal

What is the difference between Cast Iron and Wrought Iron? Cast iron objects are created from molten metal that has been poured into a mold and allowed to harden. In contrast, wrought iron items are individually created by bending pieces of hot, malleable iron.

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  • 1
    Oct

Sterling & Silver-Plated Antiques

In general, the term Sterling Silver is meant to distinguish items that are composed of mostly solid silver as opposed to Silver-Plated that have only a thin surface layer of silver. However, there are several other distinctions, some using terms that can be confusing and often lead to a misunderstanding of an item’s composition and hence its value.

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  • 23
    Sep

Walking Sticks: Utilitarian & Beautiful Collectibles

Last time I took my grandfather’s walking stick, a true collectibles, for an airing, the neighborhood wits made solicitous inquiries about my “accident”—was it a large truck or a small banana peel?

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  • 4
    Sep

Thems Fighting Words

Pocket knives are collectible from boy scout days to the pen knife on your key chain. The Swiss Army Knife is currently the most popular version with multiple knives, scissors, a nail file, and a corkscrew as standard issue. Vintage or antique knives can make for a beautiful collection with mother of pearl or wooden handles, brass liners, fancy springs and various designs.

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  • 22
    Jul

Antique cast iron wall mounting candle or latern holder

This is a 19th century item that I bought from an estate sale. I have gone online to see if anything resembles this candle/latern holder. Some items I have seen resemble and are in the $800.00-1,000 range. My candle/latern holder swivels.

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