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Friday, October 7, 2011

Identify the Antique Medical Devices!

I found these interesting and seemingly antiquish brass devices on a very high shelf at a local store (a pharmacy, actually), and asked if I could take a photo of them.  To her credit, the employee did not appear to think I was a crazy person (for long) and even stepped aside for me to snap the shot. 

The employees that I asked did not know what they were, as the items were "just for decoration."  I would think that the instrument on the far right is a microscope, but the purpose of the other two eludes me. I would like to know what you think (or know) these medical curiosities/devices are.  If they are simply some excellent examples of steampunk quackery, please let me know that as well! (To mention, the sprigs stemming from the center item are sparkly gold reeds, and are not a part of the device. I know, I was disappointed, too.)

Please leave your helpful comments here.  Thank you, and enjoy the mystery!  =)


  1. Wonderful machines. They all have lenses of some sort. And yeah, I have no idea either, apart from the microscope.

    1. They may be something someone created just for show; I did not get to handle the objects (not that I could have told up close if they were real, either). I tend to feel a small sense of loss that the people who might know what antique objects are are becoming fewer and fewer...



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