By Dr. Michael Echols
Comparing similar sets which are close
in age can be a very learning experience. Examining these two sets which
were made on either side of the Civil War is very interesting to see the
similarities and differences.
The knives are about the same size and design
in both eras, however the handles are heavier on the earlier 1850's set and
thinner on the later 1860's set.
The 1860's capital and metacarpal saws are smaller in size
than the earlier versions from the late 1850's.
Note the variation in the tourniquets,
the earlier type has a heavy brass frame buckle, the later one does not have
that feature. The bone forceps are very different as are the blades and
handles of the capital saws.
See an 1866
Gemrig catalog with diagrams of
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