American Civil War Surgical Antiques

Research and Identification

Civil War Era Surgical Sets, Surgeon's Images

Civil War Surgeon Education & Medical Textbooks

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

Hernstein & Son Civil War Military Dissection Set

By Dr. Michael Echols

This small ( 8 x 3.5 x 1.75 in.) rosewood cased dissection set by Hernstein & Son is dated by the maker name "Hernstein & Son" on the all-metal cartilage knife which places it squarely during the Civil War and the fact the mark shows '& Son', which is only found in the Civil War period.  

The presence of delicate ivory handled scalpels is typically pre-War and early War, but the presence of the re-enforcing brass screws in the lid is over-whelming evidence of Civil War era military issued sets by this maker.  (See an example of this type of military set lid with screws by Hernstein.) 

The lack of a military sliding latch instead of the brass keyed lock is mysterious as is the lack of engraving on the brass plate one would expect for a military issued set.  It is what it is and in like-new condition, so it may never have been issued or used.

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

Military-type screws re-enforcement of the lid, keyed lock, blank name plate

Full complement of ivory handled scalpels, tenaculeum, cartilage knife, blow-pipe, and tissue forceps (missing scissors)

Note: a blow-pipe was used to inflate ducts, arteries, veins, hollow organs (stomach, bladder, gall bladder, etc.) and aided in seeing where those parts of the body connected or attached.

"Hernstein" on scalpels.   "Hernstein & Son" marking on cartilage knife (right)

Go to the Tiemann Civil War era dissection (post-mortem) set

 

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