Vintage “quack” medical device

Up for auction is a quack medical device of no known therapeutic use, plus an assortment of oddments from Doc Baker’s office.

The device dates from about 1880.  We think that Doc Baker bought it as a curiosity for his own amusement.

The large cabinet, impressively made from oak and marble, proclaims itself to be a “Thompson Plaster Electrical Cabinet”.  The drawer contains the original instruction manual.

Also included are three pairs of modern crutches and a walking cast, a traction device, and an enamel bedpan.  Great for display in a doctor’s office!

Still available; make us an offer!

 

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Antiques from the Vault

Leave a comment to make an offer – specify which item(s) you want.  No reasonable offer refused!  Auction is over; but some items are still available.

Suggested time to end auctioning on these items:  Wednesday, September 11th at 9pm.  Please leave a comment if that is not a good time for you.  Items with no bids will continue to be available.

Pickup windows: Thursday September 12th from 5pm to 9pm or Saturday September 14th from 9am to 10pm. Please specify when you would like to pick up, and we’ll email you with the address. If it’s still listed here on the site, it’s still available, so feel free to outbid someone else!

  • Needlepoint under glass, with fitting to hold on a stand (suggested $20)
  • Vintage “Cameo” mantel clock (suggested $50  $15)
  • one wooden chair (suggested $20)
  • flour bin (suggested $30)
  • two benches – one wooden, one with needlepoint cover (suggested $20 each)

 

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Item name: NEEDLEPOINT

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Item name: CLOCK

 

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Item name: WOODEN CHAIR

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Item name: FLOUR BIN

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Item name: SMALL BENCH

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Item name: NEEDLEPOINT BENCH

 

Convertible Antique Highchair

This would make a fascinating addition to a period dining room or baby’s room, or perhaps as a display for a large vintage doll.  The high chair’s spring mechanism (in the back where baby can’t reach it) unlocks the bottom of the high chair, flipping under to become a table and chair.  Not shown in the picture is the hinge that allows the food tray to swing up over the baby’s head.

The bottom rungs have become unglued and need a little TLC with white glue.  I would have to describe the overall condition as “lovingly battered”, but the original green paint and tin tray would look lovely with a bit of a scrub.

New, easier bidding!  Auction ends at 9pm EST on Wednesday, September 11th.  Simply scroll down to see the current bid, decide how much more you want to offer, then add your own comment on this post.  It’s as easy as putting your name (a nickname is fine) and your email address in the requested fields.  Put the amount in the body of the comment.  The system will automatically timestamp your bid.

 

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