American Civil War Medicine & Surgical Antiques

Surgical Set collection from 1860 to 1865 - Civilian and Military

Civil War:  Medicine, Surgeon Education & Medical Textbooks

 Dr. Michael Echols  &  Dr. Doug Arbittier


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Advice for new medical collectors

by Dr. Michael Echols

As you might guess a lot of new medical collectors find this web site and ask for advice on what to collect and how they can start their collection.  My best advice is always to buy Edmondson's book on medical instruments and go from there if you are interested in Civil War or other 1800's surgical antiques.  If you want to collect in other areas, please go to a topical site and ask questions there.  

If you are looking for a place to start buying, I would strongly advise you to take an organized approach to tracking items of interest on in the 'medical'  or 'Civil War' section.  You have to dig a little, but pick items of interest, save them as 'favorites' and see how the bidding goes until the end.   Do it for a multitude of items and learn how much others are paying for given items.

Don't even think of bidding on eBay until you are sure you know what you are doing.   Check on once you get to the point where you want to bid.  That is what the pros do and you should too.  Try tracking other bidders and see what they are finding.  You just save the bidder's eBay namecode under 'bidder' and see what they are buying.

Like any hobby, this one requires lots of study and time.  Take your time and read everything on this web site because there in no need for you to re-invent the wheel when I've already done a lot of the work for you.

Knowledge is your best advisor:  buy books!

  By Michael Echols

How I started collecting

Who collects medical antiques

Advice for new medical collectors

So you want to buy a Civil War surgical set!

Mental Games and collecting: how to make a decision to buy

Dating surgical items: how to determine when it was made

Pricing surgical or amputation sets: generalized information

Condition of instruments and sets

eBay and medical collecting

Getting started collecting medical antiques

Surgical instrument Identification and usage: photos of various instruments

Trepanning instruments in cases, identification of instruments

Finishes on instruments and handles: how they are used to date instruments

Altered surgical instruments: how it harms values

Civil War instrument makers: a list of contract makers

Surgical set locks and latches: a comparison for dating sets

Comparative photos of an 1850 and a later 1860's Gemrig surgical set

Civil War Surgical Manuals and collector books

For a extended list like the one above, see the Topic Indexes


Medical Antiques Index

American Civil War Medicine & Surgical Antiques Index

Contact Dr. Arbittier or Dr. Echols



Civil War Medical Collections 


Direct links to all medical & Civil War collections on this site                         

American Surgical Sets:

Pre-Civil War:  1 | 2  -   Post-Civil War:  3  -  Civil War 1861-1865:  4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8   INDEX

Medical Text-Books:

1 | 1a | 2 | 2a | 3 | 3a | 4 | 4a | 5 | 5a | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 9a | 10 | 11 | 12    INDEX

Surgeon General's Office Library printed catalogues: 1840 | 1864 | 1865
Medical Lecture Cards: 1 | 2 | 34 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21    INDEX

Medical Faculty and Authors:


Navy Surgeon Exams:

1863 Navy Surgeon Applicant Exams with Biographies   INDEX ONE | INDEX TWO

Surgeon CDVs, Images:

Army: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8    INDEX

Navy: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8   

Hosp Dep't Bottles, Tins, 

U.S. Army Pannier:

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

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Last update: Monday, December 12, 2016