American Civil War Medicine & Surgical Antiques

Surgical Set collection from 1860 to 1865 - Civilian and Military

Civil War:  Medicine, Surgeon Education & Medical Textbooks

 Dr. Michael Echols & Dr. Doug Arbittier

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 Sharp and Smith Surgical Set, c. 1883

This extensive two layer surgical set, c. 1883 is by Sharp and Smith,  who were NOT makers during the Civil War, and were located at the 73 Randolph address from 1883 to 1899 in Chicago.   It's a typical late 1870's design, but the chrome plating on the tourniquet instead of brass, tells you it's a later set.  Anything with chrome plating is post-1877.   All dates are from the Directory of Makers and Dealers as listed by Edmonson in American Surgical Instruments: an Illustrated History:

J. P. Sharp and Wm. N. Smith [1900]) surgical instruments 1876-82:

100 Randolph

1883-99: 73 Randolph

1900: 92 Wabash

What makes this set interesting, is it was most likely produced during the era which was the end of 'non-sterilization' sets to be made in America.  We see these 'pre-sterilization' sets being sold in Europe well into the turn of the century, but not in America.  The '80's would have been the end of the production due to lack of interest by surgeons who were practicing antiseptic surgery and using all metal and chrome plated handles instead of the porous non-metallic handles.

 

 

 

 

  

 

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American Surgical Sets:

Pre-Civil War:  1 | 2  -   Post-Civil War:  3  -  Civil War 1861-1865:  4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8   INDEX

Medical Text-Books:

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Surgeon General's Office Library printed catalogues: 1840 | 1864 | 1865

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Navy Surgeon Exams:

1863 Navy Surgeon Applicant Exams with Biographies   INDEX ONE | INDEX TWO

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