American Civil War Surgical Antiques

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Civil War Era Surgical Sets, Surgeon's Images

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Established 1995    .     Dr. Michael Echols Collection

 

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Snowden, Amputation Set, c.1859-60

Owned by Dr. Stephen Curtis Priest, M.D., Steubenville, Ohio

 

Name: Stephen Curtis Priest
Cause of death: cerebral hemorrhage
Death date: May 31, 1920
Place of death: Newark, OH
Birth date: Dec 26, 1847
Place of birth: Steubenville, OH
Type of practice: Eclectic
Practice specialities: GS General Surgery
States and years of licenses: WV, 1883, OH, 1896
Places and dates of practices: Newark, OH, 1877
Medical school(s): Eclectic Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1869, (G), OH-08 Cincinnati, College of Medicine and Surgery, 1877, (G)
Other education: Common school, Bethany Coll., WV
Journal of the American Medical Association Citation: 74:1789

 

This amputation set has features found in the Weigand-Snowden period (bone forceps),  a marked tourniquet for 1860 and clearly the type tourniquet Snowden and Bro. used during the Civil War.  The amputation knives are typical to the 1850's when blades were long, big, and handles were much larger and 'beefy'.  The wood case has swinging latches as you would expect during the 1850's.  So, there are some incongruities in the dating of the set, but my guess would be this set, which belonged to a post-Civil War medical school graduate was a gift and never saw use.  The as-new condition is testimony to it never having been used and was maintained as a family heirloom.  The set was obtained from a physician family member of the original owner, so the set has never been out of the hands of the original family.

The dates when Snowden was in business alone, was for only a two year period, 1855-1857.  Most likely the set was made during that period, with the 1860 tourniquet added later when the set was sold to Dr. Priest.

Thomas Snowden; Conrad Wiegand; Wiegand & Snowden; Thomas Snowden; George P. Snowden; Wiegand & Co.; S. Lloyd Wiegand; Snowden & Bro.; George Snowden & Bro.; William Snowden; William Snowden Co., 1816-1900 Thomas Snowden carpenter

1816-1821: 96 N. lIth

1823: 209 Callowhill surgeons' instrument maker

 

Conrad Wiegand smith 1816: 340 Sassafras 1823: 338 Sassafras

 

Wiegand & Snowden John Wiegand and Thomas Snowden; partnership dissolved 21 May 1855; firm continued by Thomas Snowden) surgeons' instrument makers "est. 1821"

1824-25: 49 N. 7th 1828-55: 15 N. 5th

 

Thomas Snowden surgical instrument maker

1855-57: 15 N. 5th (failed and sold at sheriff's sale, December, 1857)

 

George P. Snowden druggist 1855-58: 4th and Noble

 

Wiegand & Co. 1856: 286 Race

 

Thomas Snowden surgical instrument maker

1855-57: 15 N. 5th (failed and sold at sheriff's sale, December, 1857)

 

George P. Snowden druggist 1855-58: 4th and Noble

 

Snowden & Bro. (George P. [1832-?] and Henry C. [1838-?] Snowden become partners I July 1858; William Snowden [1840

?] becomes partner I January 1866; Henry C. retires in May,

1872 and sells interest to George) surgical instrument makers

1858-64: 15 N. 5th

1864-72: 23 S. 8th

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

'1860' embossed in the casting of the spiked buckle

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