Pre- Civil War surgery sets (1840 to 1860)

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These sets are presented to help differentiate pre- & post- Civil War medical and surgical sets from those produced during the Civil War.  All of the surgical amputation sets on this page are pre-Civil War and 'could possibly' have been used during the Civil War.  None of these surgery sets were military issue.  It is possible Union 'contract' surgeons could have brought one of these surgery sets with them to the War, but after the first year of the War, contract surgeons were mainly used in the rear areas and not frontline areas where emergency surgery would have been performed.  Confederate and Union Army regimental surgeons were  mainly the ones who did the amputations, not doctors who were part-time or supporting patients in the rear area hospitals.  Union military surgeons used military supplied surgical sets, not limited sets they may have brought with them to the War.  Confederate surgeons, however, were more likely to have used a personal set they obtained and brought to the War themselves.  Dr. Michael Echols

 

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(All sets on this site are original, contain the correct instruments, and all instruments in a given set are by the same maker.  These are not 'put-together' sets and the sets do not contain substitution instruments.  If incorrect instruments were included in the set when purchased for this collection, then the incorrect instruments were removed or replaced when possible.)

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c. late-1840's, Amputation set by H. G. Kern

Typical pre-Civil War surgical set of the type taken to war by contract surgeons who supplied their own sets.

H. G. Kern amputation surgical set c. late 1840's
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c. late 1850's Amputation set by Gemrig

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J. H. Gemrig surgical amputation set c. 1850's
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c. 1859-60 Snowden & Brother amputation set

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Immediately Pre-Civil War, the type of set taken to war by contract surgeons who supplied their own sets.

 

Snowden and Brother amputation set c. 1859
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c. 1850's trepanning set by Wiegand and Snowden

 

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Wiegand and Snowden trepanning neurosurgical set c. 1850's
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c. 1850's James Martin, Albany, New Yorkthree layer custom surgical set.  

 

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James Martin, Albany, New York, three layer extensive surgical set c. 1850's

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c. 1850 ivory handled amputation set by New York maker George Tiemann.  This is an extensive four tier ivory set. 

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c. 1850 amputation and neurosurgery set by J. H. Gemrig, Philadelphia 

 

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c. late 1860's amputation set by Teufel, Philadelphia, Pa.; Teufel provided surgical instruments during the Civil War.   

 

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c. 1855 amputation set by J. Kuemerle,  Phila., Pa.; containing Liston type muscle cutting knives, bone saw, skull trephine.   

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c. 1860's trepanning set by  H. G. Kern, Philadelphia, Pa.

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H. G. Kern, Phila., Pa., trepanning surgical set c. 1860's
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c. 1860 amputation set by Francis Arnold, Baltimore, Md.

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Francis Arnold, Baltimore, Md., amputation surgical set c. 1860
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c. 1857- 60 amputation set by Snowden, Philadelphia

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Snowden, Phila., Pa., amputation set c. 1857 -1860

 

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