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

1850's Tiemann Ivory Surgery Set

The George Tiemann Company of New York dominated the manufacture of high quality surgical instruments in the 1800's.  This particular set is extensive for the period and was most likely manufactured somewhere around 1850, however the label shown would indicate anywhere from 1833 to 1855.  Tiemann manufactured instruments and cased sets extensively for the Union Army during the Civil War.  Tiemann sets are wanted to buy.  All dates are from the Directory of Makers and Dealers as listed by Edmonson in American Surgical Instruments: an Illustrated History.  

 George Tiemann cutler

1826-32: 35 Chatham Street

1833-55: 63 Chatham Street (manufacturer of scissors and surgical instruments beginning in 1841)

 

Reference: Edmonson

Each instrument was handmade by skilled craftsmen who produced quality instruments greatly sought after by the medical community of the time.  Many famous physicians of the time contributed ideas and designs for the instruments which Tiemann would then incorporate into his production and sales catalogs.  This cooperation between doctor and manufacturer continues to this day.

Shown here, in a rose wood case,  is a rare and extensive four tier ivory set which includes surgical instruments for eye, skull, tonsils, amputation of limb and appendages, urethral, blood letting, drainage of cavities, kidney stone removal, and suture.  All handles are made of ivory and the blades are made of surgical steel.   This is the state of the art for that time period in America.  The Tiemann Company was a dominant force until just after the turn of this century, and then lost most of the medical business due to inexpensive mass produced imports from Germany.   There is still a Tiemann Medical company in existence today.  See a similar ivory set on page 102, fig. 132 in Edmonson's book.

External view of case (approx. 3x13x6")

 

Early style saw blade with vertical slots

 

 

 

       

All four sections. (Left side without saw present.)

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