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Look with Your Brain, as well as Your Eyes, to Avoid a Costly Mistaken Identity (10/19/10)
blogcanvaswallet I was wandering around an antique mall in Tennessee one time a few years back and noticed some small … More >>


Civil War Show Find: Finely Carved Spring-Loaded Lancet (4/5/10)
The parts of a spring-loaded lancet include the cocking mechanism (a), the trigger (b), and the blade (c), as seen on this highly engraved spring-loaded lancet by Kolb from Furth, GermanyMy father and I participated in the Civil War Show at the North Georgia Trade Center in Dalton, Ga., during … More >>


‘Neat’ Set of Apothecaries Measures (6/30/09)
Elmer Crowell female Goldeneye decoy I sold for $900 15 years ago at the Holiday Antique Show in Williamsburg, Va. It is one of his working decoys and in rough shape, with paint rubbed off at the breast. Even so, it’s a lovely decoy. People become antique dealers for various reasons. Some do so when their personal collection becomes too big for their home … More >>


Tools of the Trade: Surgical Knives and Scalpels (5/15/09)
These amputation knives by Favre have ebony checkered handles with the maker’s name on the knife near the handle. A set like this should sell for around $300.In your hunt for the ultimate in medical instruments, don’t pass by loose instruments such as knives and scalpels. Surgical … More >>


Proper Care and Storage of Antique Medical Instruments (3/31/09)
Leaving this Civil War era amputation kit open all the time will not affect the metal instruments but will impact the fabric lining. For example, purple velveteen linings in many amputation sets have faded to a pale green where the inside was constantly exposed to lightMany of us have collections of antiques we wish to display but are not sure how. We do not always … More >>


Antiques and Collectibles of the Apothecary (3/26/09)
The large, iron pedestal mortar and pestle on the left was one used on the counter of an apothecary. Current auction prices range from (left to right) $95 for large cast iron pedestal, $50-100 for the small brass, $20 for the tiny 18th-century glass, $50 for the medium cast iron, $175 for the brass, and $85 for the lignum vitae.Until fairly recently, apothecaries (or chemists, pharmacists, druggists) compounded their own medicine and made their own pills, tinctures, syrups etc. … More >>


Tools of the Trade: Amputation Saws (12/29/08)
This is a mid-19th-century medical chain saw with checkered ebony handles.You know, if you read my blog on amputation sets, that amputations were the surgical procedures most performed during the … More >>