Horatio G. Kern, was in
the surgical instrument business in Philadelphia from 1837 to 1893. He
was a contract supplier of instruments to the Union Army during the Civil War.
During the 1860's his location was at 25 N. 6th in Philadelphia, Pa. (from
Edmonson; American Surgical Instruments: an Illustrated History):
Horatio G. Kern surgical instrument maker
1837: Filbert St. bel. 8th
1838-42: 7 N. 8th
1843-48: 5 N. 8th
1849-59: 293 High
1860-70: 25 N. 6th
1871-89: 21 N. 6th (joined by Horatio G. Kern, Jr., in 1876; Horatio G.
Kern, Sr., dies in 1889)
1890-92: 122 S. 12th surgical instruments
The rosewood case, with
brass corners measures: 5 5/8 x 9 5/8 x 1 1/2 inches. The center
lock has been broken. Apparently someone lost the key and didn't know
how to open the lock other than by force. This was a civilian set as
evidenced by the central keyed lock.
The set was dated by
comparison of instruments to other existing sets of the period. The
presence of two trephine handles is unique compared to other trepanning sets
in this collection.