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Look with Your Brain, as well as Your Eyes, to Avoid a Costly Mistaken Identity

I was wandering around an antique mall in Tennessee one time a few years back and noticed some small tools and other oojahs in a display case. The attendant came over and pointed to several pocket kits and said, “I wouldn’t want to see a doctor coming at me with one of those!” I thought […]

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Civil War Show Find: Finely Carved Spring-Loaded Lancet

My father and I participated in the Civil War Show at the North Georgia Trade Center in Dalton, Ga., during the first weekend of February this year. Participants exhibited items ranging from firearms, swords, dug relics, glassware, flags and medical items to household items used during the period. Wandering the show, looking for something to […]

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‘Neat’ Set of Apothecaries Measures

People become antique dealers for various reasons. Some do so when their personal collection becomes too big for their home and, at retirement, opening a shop seems a good idea. Others start collecting and trading at a young age and at some point realizes they are a “dealer.” However we come to it, we all […]

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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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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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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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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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