American Civil War Surgical Antiques

Research and Identification

Civil War Era Surgical Sets, Surgeon's Images

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Established 1995    .     Dr. Michael Echols Collection

 

As seen in:  Warman's Civil War Collectibles, Antique Week, Northeast Antiques, Antiques & Collecting publications, and various TV programs

Mexican War era, c. 1848 Goulding Military Amputation Set

U. S. Army Hospital Department

This extremely rare and historic military surgical set in a mahogany case made by William R. Goulding, New York. 

William R. Goulding surgical instruments; surgical and dental instruments (1844)

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

 

Reference Edmonson

 

The instruments of the set are marked W. R. Goulding and US ARMY HOSP DEPT.   The set was supplied to the U. S. A. Medical Department at the time of the Mexican War during the late 1840's.  Its history and use are written all over the instruments and case. This is obviously a set which saw much military use.

One small knife is missing as is the bone brush.  This same surgery set is exhibited on page 77 of Edmonson's book: American Surgical Instruments: an illustrated history.

Note the amputation saw has an unusual decorative brass frame.   The various instruments have isolated heavy rust which is due to blood having been left on them.  The set shows obvious use and is an extremely rare piece of our military history.   Please also see the Goulding c. 1840's military trephination set.

William Goulding, click here for additional information

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The conical trephine and turned handle are pre-1850 features

 

 

Note the U. S. Army Hospital Dept. markings...so rare, so rare

 

 

Matching ferrules are a key indication of the fact all knives are from the same time period and maker

 

 

 

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The 'rust' on the blades and other instruments is not from water, but from blood.  The blood stuck to the metal, the salt etched the metal, and caused electrolytic corrosion which appears thread-like as in heat 'lightening'.

 Note the U. S. Army Hospital Dept. marking on the 'T'.

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