American Civil War Surgical Antiques

Research and Identification

Civil War Era Surgical Sets, Surgeon's Images

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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

1860's Dietrich Kolbe', Civil War Era Pocket Surgical Set

(This kit is no longer a part of this collection, but was kept on the site for educational purposes.)

Pocket surgical kits were carried by surgeons prior to, during, and after the Civil War.  Kolbe was a maker who was a prime supplier to the Union Army during the Civil War.  The label on this kit would indicate it is likely it existed during the early part of the Civil War.  I believe this is a kit which is consistent with Civil War use.

A pocket surgical kit by Dietrich W. Kolbe' of Philadelphia.  Kolbe' was one of the Philadelphia makers (1851 to 1878) who was awarded contracts to produce surgical sets during the Civil War for the Union troops.  His company was in business from 1851 to 1854 at 45 S. 8th, For a short time he was associated with Kuemerle at 45 S. 8th,  then alone at 45 S. 8th from 1856 to 1857 at 45 S. 8th.  Later addresses were on S. 9th until 1879.  All dates are from the Directory of Makers and Dealers as listed by Edmonson in American Surgical Instruments: an Illustrated History.

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See a similar Hernstein pocket kit

 

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