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

c. 1870's Amputation set by H. G. Kern

Horatio G. Kern, was in the surgical instrument business in Philadelphia from 1837 to 1893.  He was a contract supplier of instruments to the Union Army during the Civil War.  During the 1860's his location was at 25 N. 6th in Philadelphia, Pa. (from Edmonson; American Surgical Instruments: an Illustrated History);

Horatio G. Kern surgical instrument maker

1837: Filbert St. bel. 8th

1838-42: 7 N. 8th

1843-48: 5 N. 8th

1849-59: 293 High

1860-70: 25 N. 6th

1871-89: 21 N. 6th (joined by Horatio G. Kern, Jr., in 1876; Horatio G. Kern, Sr., dies in 1889)

18900-92: 122 S. 12th surgical instruments

1893: 1407 Chestnut

This compact amputation set, (16 x 5 x 3 in. ) is in new condition, has a mahogany case, lined with red velvet, and a single keyed lock.  The instruments are all in new condition, with no rust or evidence of having been used at any time.  One indication this is a later set, is the presence of a plated tourniquet frame as well as the type of wood case, which has brass wire inlay in the case top.  The brass name plate was never engraved.

 

 

   

 

 

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