Description: Date: c. 1902-1920. Reinhold Brendel (maker).
Model of the skeleton bones of a hand for medical instruction. Bones and joints are labeled with numbers and letters.
A rectangular brass plate is engraved with the maker's name. The base is inscribed with identification numbers "XIX/18," probably by a school that owned it, and has a paper identification label verso.
Location of Origin: Europe
Medium/Materials: Varnished hand painted plaster, mounted on ebonized wood
Dimensions: 11.75 x 4.5 inches ebonized board
Primary Classification: Scientific Instruments and Natural History
Secondary Classification: Scientific Instruments and Natural History
Expertise: Robert Brendel and his son and successor Reinhold (c. 1861-1927) produced botanical and other models in the late 19th and early 20th century. The elder Brendel founded a model factory in Breslau, Germany. An 1866 document lists 30 highly enlarged scale models of plants. By 1896, Reinhold Brendel had moved the business to Berlin, and from 1902 on, it was located in Grunewald, near Berlin. He was honored for his achievements with the Prussian silver state medal.
Condition: Generally good to very good with the usual wear. Slight chipping to edge of hand and lifting of varnish. The ebonized wood having usual scattered wear and flaking paint.
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