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Civil War: Hernstein, U.S. Army Hospital Department, Trepanning Set

Tags: USA Hosp Dept, Hernstein, Surgical Set, Civil War Medicine, trephine, trepanation, instruments

A rare and unusual military trepanning set by H. Hernstein, New York City, N.Y.  This is an earlier, c. 1861 issue, as it is marked with a trade label indicating just H. Hernstein, N.Y. with the 393 Broadway address.  The label also indicates it is U. S. Army Hosp. Dept. issue. Set is marked 'USA'.  There is a sales list on the back of the partition.  The set is 100% complete.  It is key locked, not sliding latches as would be expected for most military field sets, but is again, marked as U.S. Army Hosp. Dept.

Hermann Hernstein surgical instruments

1843: 3 Chambers

1844: Elizabeth cor. Hester

1845-48: 7 Hague

1850: no listing

1851-52: 68 Duane

1853-54: 81 Duane

1855-57: 81 Duane and 393 Broadway

1858: 81 Duane, 131 Mercer, and 393 Broadway

* 1859-61: 131 Mercer and 393 Broadway

Hermann Hernstein & Son (Hermann and Albert L. Hernstein) 1862-65: 131 Mercer and 393 Broadway

 

Hermann Hernstein & Son & Co. 1865: 2 Liberty and 393 Broadway

 

Hermann Hernstein & Co. 1866-67: 2 Liberty and 393 Broadway

 

Reference: Edmonson

 

   

The set is engraved on the cartouche with " U S A"  and the label indicates the last year Hernstein would have used this label, which is the first year of the War.  The label also indicates the set was produced under contract for the U. S. Army Hosp. Dept. 

 

  

   

"H. Hernstein, N. Y, Surgical Instruments, 393 Broadway, U. S. ARMY, Hosp. Dept."

 

The partition with trade label and sales list is present on the front and back of the embossed partition.

 

 

 

 

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