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Barber's & Surgeon's Bowl
Mudge's Inhaler
Lather Box
Infusion Pot
Leech Tube
Cupping Lamp
Cups for Cupping Lamp

Spatula Mundani
Perkins' Tractors
Pill Roller Set
Tin Medicinal Bottle
Tongue Scraper and Depressor
Shaving Brushes
Tongue Scraper
Ca. 1680 Male Catheter
Plumbea Fistula
Small Clyster Syringe
Large Clyster Syringe
Unguentum Basilicon
Traveling Smallpox Inoculation Kit (1720-1798)
Mortar & Pestle
Pill Silverer
Dental Cautery
Electuary Spoon
Burras Box
Stitching Quills / Cannulas
Surgical Pipes
Cautery Plate Set
Ether Cone
Burras Quill
Occular Needle Kit
Nipple Shields

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Nipple Shields
As the name implies these are two types in use in the 18 th century. The lead ones were healing due to the dessicative nature of lead. The brass were used with a healing wax ointment and allowed air and milk to flow freely. 

These are hand made ca 1750, all machine made by early 1800's. Packed in paper mache boxes in tow as were the originals. About 2 3/8 diameter
Reproductions, either style ......$40.00

Occular needles for cataract surgery in a brass case about 11/4 x10. We have three needles...on the left is one for the procedure called couching,where a cataract is detached and pushed to the back of the the center is a suction needle to remove broken pieces of cataract. On the right is a copper tool to assist in either surgery.
Both Bach and Handel underwent couching surgery and neither was a success.
reproductions in brass and copper 1500's to late 1700's.
the kit..................$165.00

Barber's & Surgeon's Bowl

Barber's and Surgeon's Bowl (above)
Handmade by Peter Goebel. Historic reproduction. 
From a circa 1750 original. This reproduction measures 9" across.
Copper: $85.00
Brass: $85.00

Mudge's Inhaler

Mudge's Inhaler (above)
Handmade by Peter Goebel.
Better than an infusion pot, this is styled after Dr. Mudge's inhaler which dates to the late 18th century. It permitted the direct introduction of medicated vapor to the lungs. Made in fully tin-lined copper.
Mudge's Inhaler: $250.00

Lather Box

Lather Box (above)
Handmade by Peter Goebel.
Our lather box is a small tin-lined brass mug, with a box on the side with holes in the bottom for drainage. A sturdy and useful tool!
Tin lined brass. Measures 2 5/8" tall by 2 7/8" diameter.

Lather Box: $73.00
Scroll down for Shaving Brushes!

Infusion Pot

Infusion Pot (above)
Handmade by Peter Goebel. Historically inspired. 
An early vaporizer, this medical instrument was used to deliver medicated vapor to a sick room when filled with herbs & boiling water. When filled with mulling spices & boiling water it served as a room deodorizer. Our version is historically inspired by tin and ceramic originals. Dated 1750 - 1850. Made from copper with brass feet. The pot has a perforated lid attached with copper chain. Measures 7" tall, by 4 1/2" diameter.
Infusion Pot: $125.00

Leech Tube (above)
Handmade by Peter Goebel.
A convenient carrying case. Made with vent holes on one end, because you don't want to suffocate your little friends! Friction fit lid. Dated to the late 18th century. Measures about 3/4" by 4". Brass.
Leech Tube: $38.00

Brass Cupping Lamp (above)
Handmade by Peter Goebel. Historic reproduction.
Reproduced from an 18th century French original. One of the most interesting (and challenging) items I have made yet. A really unique and sweet piece. A must for doctors, surgeons and apothicaries. An original set would include the lamp and four cups. Burns any lampoil. Comes with wick. Brass. Cups sold seperately.
Dimensions: 4 1/2" overall length. 1 1/2" tall by 1 1/2" wide.
Brass Cupping Lamp: $160.00

Cup for Cupping Lamp (above)
Brass. These were also used to extinguish the lamp.
Dimensions: 1 5/8" tall by 1 1/2" wide at base, 1 3/8" wide mouth with flange.
Cup: $45.00 each

Spatula Mundani

Spatula Mundani (above)
Handmade by Peter Goebel. Historic reproduction.
This is a reproduction of John Woodall's "Spatula Mundani" of the early 17th century. It was used "to serve upon any occasion of extreme costiveness (constipation) ... so that no purging medicine neither upward nor downeward administered or taken will work." The spatula was for mixing, and yes, the open spoon was for digging whatever ailed you out. Copied from the original and made in iron, it measures 12 inches long.
Spatula Mundani: $55.00

Perkins' Tractors (above)
Handmade by Peter Goebel. Historic reproduction.
A great medical curiosity, these are Perkins Tractors. They were used to draw off the noxious electrical fluid that lay at the root of suffering! Worked so well(?) that George Washington bought a pair for the family to use. Ben Franklin had a pair as well. Supposed to be made from platinum and secret metals, they were usually brass. Our set comes in their own wooden case with brass lid. Tractors measure 4 inches long.
Perkins' Tractors: $115.00

Pill Roller Set (above)
A set of pill rollers, copied from 18th century originals. Beautifully tuned from cherry wood, these measure 3 inches across and are sold in a pair. One has a 1/4 inch indent, the other has a 3/16 on one side and a 1/8 indent on the other. These pill rollers allow you to consistently roll the perfect bolus, large or small.
Pill Roller Set: $49.00

 Medicinal Bottle (above)
Handmade by Peter Goebel.
These simple  bottles were contract made for the American Revolutionary War by the thousands. Our reproduction  medicinal bottle is a handy way to store anything. It’s great for spices and other cooking materials, as well as other small items – marbles? Pins? An 18th century change bank? our medicinal bottle can handle it. Comes with a large cork.
Dated to the 1770s, our medicinal bottle measures 1 1/2 inches diameter at the base, and about 4 1/4 tall with cork.
Brass Medicinal Bottle: $49.00

Tongue Scraper and Depressor

Tongue Scraper & Depressor (above)
Handmade in the USA by Peter Goebel. Historic reproduction.
Your 17th century multi-purpose dental tool! Closely copied from an original dated 1614.
100% brass. Measures 5 1/2” long.
Tongue Scraper & Depressor: $48.00

Shaving Brushes

Shaving Brush (above, two wood handle brushes in back, and horn in front)
Handmade in the USA. Historic reproduction.
These beautifully turned shaving brushes are created by a master woodworker right here in the USA. They are made with a natural hair brush, and your choice of wood or horn for the handle. The handles are made of solid wood or horn, are smoothly finished, and have a nice weight to them. Pair one with our lather box for the beginnings of a beautiful, historically accurate shaving kit!
These items are special order: please allow 3 to 4 weeks for delivery.
Shaving Brush, wood handle: $40.00
Shaving Brush, horn handle: $55.00

Tongue Scraper (above)
Handmade in the USA by Peter Goebel. Historically Inspired.
This tongue scraper has a hand-cut, solid brass handle and a naturally antimicrobial, hardened copper loop. The design was taken from an 18th century ivory tongue scraper.
5 3/4 inches long with a 1 1/4 inch loop.
Tongue Scraper: $45.00

Ca. 1680s Male Catheter (above)
Handmade in the USA by Peter Goebel. Historic Reproduction.
Made in solid brass, this style dates to about 1680 and afterward, when a rounded tip was added and two holes were drilled into the sides to move fluids - a step up from the simple tube the Romans used. This style of catheter would have been lubricated with lard. A flexible silver catheter was invented in the 1760s by Benjamin Franklin - thank you Ben!
This cringeworthy medical curiosity measures about 11 1/4 inches long, and 3/16 inches in diameter. 
Ca. 1680 Male Catheter: $40.00
Also available in a Female version...7 inches long...$38.00

Plumbea Fistula (above)
Handmade in the USA by Peter Goebel. Historic Reproduction.
A simple tapered brass tube to be inserted in any orifice or surgical opening to prevent 'contractions and adhesions'. This medical device dates from the Roman period (when they were made in lead) to the 19th century.
Made in solid brass, it measures 5" long, with a taper going from 3/4 to 5/16 inches. 
Plumbea Fistula: $15

Small Clyster Syringe (above, shown closed and open)
Handmade in the USA by Peter Goebel. Historic Reproduction.
In the 17th - 18th centuries, 'clyster' was the word used for an enema, which was popularly seen as a cure for more than constipation. Our version is based on British examples from ca. 1600 to the 1850s. 
Our small clyster syringe is made in solid brass. The body measures 1 x 5 inches, and overall the syringe measures 11 3/4 inches long. 
Small Clyster Syringe - $115.00

Large Clyster Syringe (above, closed and open)
Handmade in the USA by Peter Goebel. Historic Reproduction
In the 17th - 18th centuries, 'clyster' was the word used for an enema, which was popularly seen as a cure for more than constipation. Our version is reproduced from many British examples dating from 1600 to the 1860s. It is made from solid brass, with a turned, stained and polished hardwood handle, and a waxed pine plunger. 
The body measures 2 1/4 x 8 inches, and overall, the syringe is 19 inches long.
Large Clyster Syringe - $215.00

Travelling Smallpox Inoculation Kit (above)
Handmade in the USA by Peter Goebel. Historic Reproduction (dated to ca. 1720-1798).
Vaccination has come a long way! This reproduction is of the first (successful) vaccine available: the smallpox vaccine. 
To use, the points were repeatedly coated in lymph from the pustules of a patient diagnosed with smallpox. They were dried and packed in lint or tow. The points remained effective for a few months. The person to be vaccinated would have their skin abraded and the ivory points wiped in the wound.
While this kit would have been 'cutting edge' in the 18th century, we strongly advise not using it for vaccination purposes today. It comes to you clean and free of smallpox. Yes, that had to be said, just to clarify! This unique teaching tool is meant for demonstrating the procedure and development of innoculation, vaccination and variolation only.
The kit contains six faux ivory points ,or quills. The points are securely packed in tow in a small oval copper and brass box.

Box measures 2 1/4 x 1 1/2 x 1/2 inches deep. Points measure 1 3/4 long by 3/4 inches wide. 
Traveling Smallpox Inoculation Kit (1720-1798) - $75.00

Mortar & Pestle (above)
Handmade in the USA. Historic Reproduction.
Mid-18th century reproduction; handmade with original 18th century tools. Your mortar & pestle will arrive with a coat of foodsafe oil and wax, and after a few years, the clear bright wood finish will darken to a medium reddish hue.
Mortar measures 4 1/4" tall and 2 1/4" diameter. Pestle measures 5 7/8" long and 7/8" diameter. 
Mortar & Pestle: $55.00

Pill Silverer (above, with example pills)
Handmade in the USA. Historic Reproduction (early 18th century)
A pharmeceutical tool used to coat pills. Pills would be rolled to size and shape, then added into the pill silverer with a mixture of sugar, flour, and silver or gold foil. The friction-fit lid would be closed, and gently rolling and shaking the pill silverer around would gradually coat the pills in the mixture.
Our pill silverers are handmade in cherry with original 18th century tools. They come with a coat of foodsafe oil and wax, and after a few years, the clear bright wood finish will darken to a medium reddish hue.
Dimensions: measures 2 3/4" tall by 2 1/4" diameter.
Pill Silverer: $60.00

Dental Cauterey (above, prototype shown)
Handmade in the USA by Peter Goebel.
From the 11th century, these devices were used to kill tooth worms - because everybody knows worms cause cavities! By the 18th century, the same device was used to kill the nerve in a tooth.
This device is composed of two parts, a brass guide and an iron pick. The pick is heated red-hot, and the brass guide allows the pick to be applied to the cavity without touching lips or tongue. 
Brass guide measures 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches, and the steel pick measures 6" long. Device is British, and dates from the 11th to 18th centuries.
Dental Cauterey: $65.00

Electuary Spoon (above)
Handmade in the USA by Peter Goebel.
Not a spoon at all; more of an open funnel used to deliver medicine into a wound. Reproduced from a British 12th century original. 
Handmade in solid brass - the handle end is turned with a little ball detail at the end. Handle measures 6" long, overall, the spoon measures 9 3/8" long. 3/4" wide. 
Electuary Spoon: $30.00

Burras Box (above)
Handmade in the USA by Peter Goebel. Historically inspired. 
What started out in the 1500s as a container to sprinkle powdered borax as a flux onto a joint to be soldered by silversmiths, was adapted in the 17th century for shipboard use to sprinkle powdered medicine in and on wounds.
Historically inspired from a 17th century verbal description. English, all brass. 2" square box with a 6" long tapered spout and a friction-fit lid that will not come off with use. Watertight, could have many uses.
Burras Box: $115.00

Stitching Quills or Cannulas (above)
Handmade in the USA by Peter Goebel. Historical reproduction.
A surgical instrument used to provide force to the opposite side of a wound in order to stitch it together. 
Reproduced from originals dating to the 1580s through the 1800s. 
All brass construction. A friction fit cap allows storage of needles within the tube.
Straight: 5" long and about 1/4" diameter. 
Curved: 6" long and about 1/4" diameter.
Stitching Quills or Cannulas: Either shape, each $55.00

Surgical Pipes (above)
Handmade by Peter Goebel. Historic Reproduction, ca. 1750.
Used from Roman times to today, these three date from the early to mid-18th century. They were used to provide long-term drainage to a wound. You supply two ribbons or soft tapes to tie them around the limb over the wound. 
All brass construction. 
A - Great Pipe: 2 1/2 plate and 4 1/2 long tube, 3/4 inches round. 
B - Lesser Pipe: 2 1/2 plate and 2 1/2 tube, tube tapered to 3/8 inches round.
C - Curved Pipe: 1 1/4 round and 2 3/4 tube, tube tapered to 3 /16 round.
Surgical Tube: $37.00 each

Cautery Plate Set (above)
Handmade by Peter Goebel. Historic Reproduction.
Protective plates that were tied over a wound with ribbons or soft tape (you supply) to allow cauterization of a wound only, and not the skin around it. Cautery plates came in hundreds of shapes and sizes. Ours are rectangular with differently-shaped holes in the centers, fancy scrolled corners, and holes to tie them in place. They have been given different curves to allow use on different areas of the body.
All handmade, brass construction. Set includes three plates measuring as follows:
Neck/Arm: 2 x 6 inches with 1-inch round hole
Arm/Leg: 3 x 6 inches with 1 1/4 x 2 inch diamond-shaped hole 
Body: 3 1/2 x 8 inches with 1-inch square hole
Cautery Plate Set: $58.00 

Ether Cone (above)
Handmade in the USA by Peter Goebel. Historic Reproduction.
An American design dating from the Civil War era, this reproduction 100% copper ether cone is fully functional. Cloth pads soaked in ether were placed inside the neck of the ether cone, on the cross bar (visible in second picture above). The cone was put over the nose and mouth of the patient, and the vapors were inhaled. 
Measures 6 3/4 inches tall, neck is 2" tall by 2" in diameter, cone base (to fit over face of patient) is 5 1/2 inches in diameter, and handle measures 5 1/4 inches. 
Ether Cone: $100.00
Note..Ether is invented in 1540 by Valerius Corden from distilled ethanol and sulpheric acid and called "Sweet oil of vitriol".

Burras Quill, A brass taper about 7 1/2 inches long, tapering from 7/8 inch to 5/16 inch diameter with 13 vibration ridges. Filled with a caustic powder to cauterize a wound it can be loaded and held over the wound, then an instrument can be rubbed over the ridges to trickle out the powder. From a mid 17th century description.
  Brass, English  $ 30.00
Use our electuary spoon to fill..Buy together for $55.00

Be the first on your block to have this neat reproduction of a VERY SHARP ca 1650 pocket scalpel. We are not responsible for injuries incured handling the blade. Did I mention it is SHARP!!!  If you wish, the edge of the blade can be dulled a bit if you want to demo this item. It is made from heavy brass with a very sharp tool steel blade. It is about 5/8 wide by 5 inches long with a suspension loop on top. Blade (sharp) is 1/8 x 1/2 x 4 inches long. I will wipe my blood off the ones for sale...Scalpel.....$ 115.00

!8th century mouth gag
Reproduction 2inches in diameter and 4 inches long...$30.00

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Trocars, from the Encyclopedia Brittanica. A medical device, plunged into the body where a drain is needed.  Ours is a brass copy of a steel original, 9 inches overall with a 3/16 shaft and a wooden plunger. The drain is 1/4 by about 6 with a cup on top measuring about 1 3/4 across. Sharpened to a not really surgical point for safety, it is a 3 sided point.
Brass and hardwood reproduction........................$70.00

These are medieval Arrow Spoons, designed to help extract barbed arrowheads, like the 2 inch swallowtail head in the middle. These were made with steel handles, future models will have a 3/16 inch brass rod as the handle. They were invented by the ancient Greeks.
 They measure about 2 1/4 wide by about 4 inches long. Reproduced in heavy brass.."....... $45.00

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