An 1870's Shepard and Dudley
Amputation Set. Shepard and Dudley were
instrument makers in New York from 1870 until the late 1890's. Shepard and
Dudley were NOT instrument makers during or before the Civil War.
The location and dates of
Shepard and Dudley are very confusing. As can be seen below, they are
shown as being in business during the 1860's as well as during the Civil War,
but there is no proof they produced sets for the Union during the War. I
prefer to list them as making sets well after the War for civilian use.
See the documents on this
date about Shepard and Dudley from Edmonson and other references.
Rubber Clothing Co. [also listed as F. M & W A. Shepard in
advertisements] (Frederick M. & William A. Shepard)
1860-70: 347 Broadway &
(Note: Edmonson says
they were not in the instrument business at this time, during 1860 to 70
they made rubber goods, syringes, etc.)
Shepard and Dudley were not instrument
makers during the Civil War.
Shepard & Dudley (Frederick M. Shepard and Francis D. Dudley) surgical
1870-75: 150 William
1876-77: 150 William and 33 Gold
1878-94: 150 William
This exact same type of
set is shown in Dr. Dammann's 'A Pictorial Encyclopedia of Civil War Medical
Instruments'; Volume I, page 22. Dammann dates his set at
1862. There is no reason to believe this is true given the dates and
information in Edmonson's book and other information which is now available on
the internet via Google's Books.
A similar, but later set is shown in Edmonson's book on
Surgical Instruments, page 84. The difference in the two sets can be
seen in the handles of the capital saws. The handle on this particular
capital amputation bone saw
is the much earlier style.
Note the maker marks.
Interesting variations in one set from this maker.