American Civil War Surgical Antiques

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Established 1995    .     Dr. Michael Echols Collection

 

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Civil War: Hernstein & Son, U.S. Army Trepanning Set

 

 

An unusual, early, and RARE military trepanning set by Hernstein & Son, New York City, N.Y.   Set marked 'U.S.A.'.(U. S. Army).  Most likely a very early war set.  Carries maker marks for both H. Hernstein and Hernstein & Son. , testimony to its early origins.  All original, no replacements or substitutions.

 

Hernstein & Son (Civil War supplier to the Union Army Medical & Hospital Dept.) surgical instruments

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

 

Reference: Edmonson

This Civil War trepanning set was found with two other Civil War, U.S.A. Hosp. Dept. marked and engraved sets.  What is unusual about this set, is the fact the brass plaque is carefully marked with an obvious drawing, as would be done at the factory prior to being engraved, but is was not engraved.  It appears that 'U.S.A.' was hand-drawn on the plate with a thick ink, then lacquered over, but it was never actually engraved. 

The 'U.S.A.'  (United State Army) drawing is under the original lacquer, which appears to be undisturbed on the whole set.  It is also not a typical later military set by the usual definition as there is a key escutcheon and no sliding latches yet.  Both types, keyed and sliding latch military cases are seen in this collection, especially with smaller cases like this trepanning set.

The mahogany, brass corner reinforced case measures 2 1/4 x 3 x 9 inches.   The velvet partition is missing.  All instruments are original and the set is solid early (transitional) Civil War military issue, most likely the first year of the War and before the specifications were issued by the Medical Department purveyors to the contract suppliers like Hernstein.

Two sizes kinds of trephine crowns, left is more cylindrical like earlier trephines

and the right is more tapered like the later Galt style.  More evidence of this being a

transitional set during the first year of the war.

 

Bone brush with 'sharpening stone' embedded

 

Marked: 'Hernstein & Son'

 

 Elevator and rasp

Hey saw, marked 'H . Hernstein'

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