American Civil War Surgical Antiques

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Civil War Era Surgical Sets, Surgeon's Images

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Established 1995    .     Dr. Michael Echols Collection

 

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Surgical Set by Louis V. Helmold, c.1886

Louis V. Helmold  (elder brother of Otto V. Helmold, Pittsburgh) was located in Philadelphia, Penn. from 1851 to 1897. 

The  127 S. Tenth address on the maker label of this set would place this set in the 1871-1897 range.  The date inscribed on the brass plate on the 4 x 6 x 15.5 mahogany case is 1886. 

Note that Edmonson's book lists Louis V. Helmold first as a cutler in 1851 and then as a surgical instrument maker beginning in 1853.  Apparently this was a common transition since many of the instrument makers were first cutlers who worked with various doctors on designs and then turned to full time instrument making.  Instruments were apparently more lucrative than sharpening knives.

Louis V. Helmold cutler

1851: 7 Assembly Bldg.

1852: 10th and Walnut

1853-54: 49 S. 10th surgical instrument maker

1855-57: 45 S. 10th

1858-70: 135 S. 10th

1871-1897: 127 S. 10th

The inscribed name of the owner is 'Jn. J. McGuigan. 

Name: Dr. John Joseph McGuigan
Cause of death: hemorrhage, stomach
Death date: Jun 3, 1907
Place of death: Lynn, MA
Birth date: 1864
Type of practice: Allopath
States and years of licenses:MA
Medical school(s): Harvard Medical School, Boston, 1890, (G)
 

There are three tiers in this set.  The knife blades are nickel plated as are other items in the set.  The tourniquet is made of German silver, rather than brass.  The shaft of the trephine is nickel plated rather than brass.  All marked instruments are maked "L.V. Helmold or Helmold".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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