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18th Century Medical and Scientific

Everything to do with medicine, apothecary-physicians, dental, medical and scientific research and instrumentation.
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Chamber Horse, 1760, For exercise. A mahogany chamber horse (exercising chair) sprung seat, upholstered in beige calf skin with brass nails, pull out foot support. Wallington © National Trust / Susan McCormack


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Female Anatomical Figure Probably Italian, 18th century Science Museum/SSPL A642635-6. The covering of the torso lifts off to reveal the internal organs. They demonstrate a knowledge of anatomy, but are not detailed enough to have been used for advanced teaching. | Cambridge University


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A FRUITWOOD, STEEL AND WROUGHT IRON WHEEL CHAIR, LOUIS XVI [Fauteuil de malade en bois fruitier, fer forgé et acier d'époque Louis XVI] | Lot | Sotheby's


Fauteuil de malade en bois fruitier, fer forgé et acier d'époque Louis XVI | Lot

Portable Copying machine invented by James Watt in 1795. Watt published a pamphlet entitled ‘Directions for using the Patent Portable Copying Machine Invented and Made by James Watt & Co.’ Click on image to read more


James Watt, inventor of….. the desk-top copying machine! » Georgian Gentleman

A mid 18th-Century Continental mahogany domestic medicine chest with ornamental brass strap-work and inlay, of trunk style with domed lid and double doors to the front, the interior with marquetry decoration throughout and fenestrations to reveal contents of bottles, the doors with two drawers surmounted by fitted area housing four bottles, the central upper section partitioned to house a further five similar bottles and two silver canisters...


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An air pump and condenser from 1761, made from mahogany, brass, glass, leather and iron


Reading, writing, drawing and making in the 18th-century instrument trade

Outstanding collection of obstetrical models, realized by Giovan Battista Manfredini in Modena between 1773 and 1775 Anatomical Museum in Modena (Italy)


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Late 17th or early 18th century medicine jars that once contained human fat -- one of several gruesome "cannibal medicine" remedies now forgotten by all except collectors of antique jars and historians of early modern medicine.


“Ravens-scull & a Handfull of Fennel”: Early Modern Drugs


A chair fit for a queen

The Prince de Conti's Planetary Clock. This remarkable Louis XVI Ormolu Planetary Clock (‘Sphère Mouvante’) — the movement by Jean-Michel Mabille and the sphere by Martin Baffert —circa 1770, is a tour de force of horological complexity. It is so charged with technology that it may be viewed as an elite 18th century equivalent of the innovative 21st century products of Silicon Valley or the best watchmakers of today.


A chair fit for a queen

Delft blue and white drug jar, ca. 1730, with a large cartouche surrounded by peacocks and floral swags, inscribed U Populeum, signed Johannes Pennis, 10 1/2'' h.


89: Delft blue and white drug jar, ca. 1730, with a : Lot 89