Antique partial real human skeleton, Millikin and Lawley medical specimen.


This was a medical specimen or teaching aid supplied by the firm of Millikin and Lawley. This company operated from the 1860's until about 1900 from the Strand in London. They supplied a wide range of medical and scientific goods including this range of partial human skeletons. These were used in medical training or as doctors specimens.

Within the box is a half human skeleton including the skull, spine, ribs, sternum, clavicle, scapula, half pelvis, femur, patella, tibia, fibula, wired bones of the foot, humerus, radius, ulna, and wired bones of the hand. The condition of the bones is good with just the last two phalanges missing from the little toe. The vertebrae are threaded onto an old piece of rope to keep them in the right order.

The skull is in reasonable condition. There are a quite a few missing teeth as can be seen in the photos but this is typical of a specimen of this age. One of the catches is still present to hold the cranium in place but both the springs that would articulate the jaw are missing. On the frontal, someone has written "Herb" which I can only presume was the name given to the skeleton. There are also two small holes, one above this and one below although their function is unknown.

The box measures 56cm x 24cm x 21cm and has the original label on the inside of the lid which is also in good condition.

A really nice example of the partial medical skeletons that were being distributed by this company over 100 years ago.

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