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SYPHILIS GLASSES: Also from onegoodeye, is a rare set of green tinted four-lens spectacles commonly worn by sufferers of syphilis in the early 19th century. The design was patented by J.R. Richardson in 1797 and these ‘double D’ frames were hand made somewhere between 1800 and 1820.

Ivory Dentures: Over the years dentures have been made from a host of different materials ranging from wood, ivory, metal, human and animal teeth and porcelain. In general natural materials have not faired well in this role because they tend to stain and rot and smell. This is a full set of top and bottom dentures for an edentulous patient which have been hand carved from ivory. In the absence of suitable adhesives the early dentures were held together by springs. 1790-1850.

American Optical Ad, 1959

A silver prosthetic nose from the mid-19th century. Syphilis caused the destruction of the nose, which gave rise to 18th-century 'No-nose clubs'. This one was worn by a woman who had lost hers to the disease

18th Century Medical Kit.A Woodsrunner's Diary

19th-century pregnant dolls - Fetus model set (circa 1877) - Toyota Collection

A bad boy plays with his Devil's Serpent. I laughed so hard when I saw this.

AWESOME. The Seton Watch was made for Mary Queen of Scots in the late 1500s. It has a silver engraved case and a small bell that strikes on the hour. The jaw drops down to reveal the watch face. The original movement was replaced about 200 years ago, but otherwise still has the overall appearance it would had when it was new over 400 years ago.

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Vintage metal irrigating syringes.

Before 1942, American children pledged allegiance to the flag with the Bellamy salute. Worried that it might be confused with the Nazi's Roman salute, Congress changed the salute to simply placing a hand over the heart.

Reusable vulcanized rubber condoms, late 19th and early 20th century.

This is a sampling of prosthetics from the 1800 to the mid 1930s. It’s just a few of the many artifacts that can be found in our collection. Pictured above is a rare aluminum leg with flush aircraft rivets… A pair of early legs in the original box with label… an assortment of articulated hands… but most interesting are the original plaster, wax and wood hand models. All these look beautiful with any decor.

Marfan syndrome

IL- Doctor ignaz discovered that by washing his hands between delivering babys cut the mortality rate of infection from 35% to less than 1%. His ideas were rejected by the medical community and upset other doctors so much they put him in a insane asylum. He was beaten to death 14 days later (en.m.wikipedia.org)

Parturition (birthing) chair, European, 1601-1700.

Tower Green, The place of execution of Anne Boleyn, Katherine Howard, Lady Jane Grey and others.

Congolese under King Leopold II of Belgium with their hands chopped off for not meeting rubber quotas. c. late 1800s

He lived to be 137 years old. The man who lived in 3 Centuries!

Before it was sold over-the-counter for oral care, did you know that Listerine was initially invented in the 19th century as a surgical antiseptic, and later as a floor cleaner and cure for gonorrhea? Photo Credit | Britta Gustafson