Monthly Archives: May 2019

Medical Art: A Spectacle on Display

Medical Art: A Spectacle on Display

by Judy Gonyeau “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players” – William Shakespeare, As You Like It. At no other time and place was this truer than in the early surgical theatres, where people would pay admission to attend a medical procedure. The drama would play out over many […]

What’s Selling on eBay: May 2019

What’s Selling on eBay: May 2019

by Deborah Abernethy and Mike McLeod $3,246 (36 bids, 11 bidders); 1881 Princeton vs. Yale Football Championship Program, Walter Camp. This rare antique “PRINCETON vs. YALE FOOT-BALL CHAMPIONSHIP” program is for a game played in New York on November 24th, 1881. This was one of the last Yale games played by Walter Camp, the man […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Steinway Model D grand piano, $169,400, Fontaine’s Auction

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Steinway Model D grand piano, $169,400, Fontaine’s Auction

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A Steinway Model D Centennial concert grand piano sold for $169,400 at an auction held March 23rd by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery in Pittsfield, Mass. Also, a Tiffany Studios 24-inch inverted hanging lamp lit up the room for $66,550; an 8-foot library window with fiery […]

Bloodletting Instruments and Methods

Bloodletting Instruments and Methods

by Douglas Arbittier, MD, MBA Antique bloodletting or Phlebotomy instruments have long been a collectible within the medical field that crosses over with collections prized by tattoo artists, civil war enthusiasts, tools, and others interested in the history of this once common practice. Although the goal was to rid the body of unwanted influences on […]

A Schlüsselgerät 41 Cipher Machine Comes to Auction

A Schlüsselgerät 41 Cipher Machine Comes to Auction

The device is so rare that even the world’s largest science and technology museum, the Deutsches Museum in Munich, was thrilled to receive one recently that had been excavated, heavily corroded and clearly not functional, as an archaeological find. Thus, the sale of the Schlüsselgerät 41 cipher machine is one of the highlights of Hermann […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Expert at the Card Table, $16,800, Potter & Potter

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Expert at the Card Table, $16,800, Potter & Potter

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A first-edition copy of S.W. Erdnase’s The Expert at the Card Table, a book relating to gambling, cheating and card sharping, sold for $16,800 at a Gambling Memorabilia Sale held March 30th by Potter & Potter Auctions in Chicago, Ill. Also, F.R. Ritter’s Combined […]