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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 c. 1840 Lithotomy Surgical Set, by Henry Schively, II

Henry  Schively, II was a famous surgical instrument maker from Philadelphia, Pa. in the first half of the 1800's.  His business location was listed as being active from 1813 to 1849.  He is perhaps most famous as the maker of the 'Bowie knife', but was also a supplier and maker of high grade surgical instruments among the physicians of Philadelphia, a center of medical education and progressive surgery during the early 1800's.

Henry Schively (II)

1813-14: 45 Chesnut

1816-37: 75 Chesnut

1838-49: 64 S. 8th surgical instrument maker [his son, George P. Schively, becomes partner in 1844]

1861-73: 1229 Spruce gentleman (no listing in 1864 or after)

 

Reference: Edmonson

Lithotomy sets were were used to remove calcified stones from the bladder by incision and then purchase via long handled forceps. 

This particular set is of interest not only because of its famous maker's name, but also because although the European makers had fine lithotomy sets available, American-made lithotomy sets from this era are extremely rare.

Source: American Surgical Instruments: American Surgical Instruments: An Illustrated History of their Manufacture and a Directory of Instrument Makers to 1900 by James M. Edmonson, Ph.D., Curator, Dittrick Museum of Medical History, Cleveland Medical Library Association and Case Western Reserve University.

 

 

 

 

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