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Goulding - Brinkerhoff Amputation Set Connection

By Dr. Michael Echols

This set belongs to someone who asked me to evaluate it for him and I'm placing it on the web site for educational purposes.

Instrument maker Goulding went out of business in the late 1850's and Brinkerhoff started his instrument business about the same time.  I suspect Brinkerhoff obtained some of the supplies, vendors, or know-how from Goulding.  This belief is based on the following Brinkerhoff surgical set with Goulding and Brinkerhoff instruments in the same set.

As can be seen from the dates published by Edmonson, the two makers were both in New York, with Goulding going out of business about the same time Brinkerhoff started his business, plus they were located on the same street:

Goulding locations and when:

1837-38: 166 Rivington

1839: 33 1/2 Chatham, h. 166 Rivington

1840-41: 35 1/2 Chatham, h 166 Rivington

[also listed as Wm. R. Goulding & Co., 35 Ih Chatham, in 1841-42]

1842-43: 58 Gold, h. 66 Gold

1844: 35 1/2 Chatham and 29 Ann ("steam manufactory")

1845-49: 57 Chatham and 29 Ann

V. W. Brinkerhoff locations and when:

1856: 12 Gold

1857: 88 John

1858-59: 88 John and 25 Gold

1860-62: 88 William instruments

1863-68: 131 William fancy goods and drugs [1867 advertisement:

18 Beekman manufacture of surgical instruments, medical chests, saddle bags, pill machines, trusses, syringes, etc., is continued as formerly in my own new and commodious Factory. 65 and 67 Boerum St., Brooklyn, E.D.]

The following photos are of a set that is marked 'Brinkerhoff' in two places (on the saw tip retaining strap and the bone forceps) of the set, but the saw is absolutely a Goulding designed product.  From this information I would conclude there was a connection between the two businesses, since Goulding apparently went out of the instrument business in 1857.

 

 

 

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