The heyday of American-made
surgical instruments was from the 1840's to the 1890's. Prior to that
time, most instruments were made in Europe and imported to this country.
After the turn of the century, once again European and specifically the German
manufacturers pretty much took over the trade.
Displayed on this page are
amputation and surgical sets by some of the most famous makers of the time.
Of particular interest are those used in the Civil War which could be any set
existing prior to the War or those made specifically and marked as such during
that four year time frame.
From the private collections of Doug
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