Surgical Set

Description (Brief)
These instruments belonged to Dr. James Jackson Cockrill (1815-1878). He received his medical degree in 1837 from the University of Maryland. A hand-written note accompanying the set states the instruments were used on the field of Antietam, and in [Camp] Patterson Park Hospital of which he had charge during the war.
Evans and Company was a manufacturer of surgical instruments in London from the late eighteenth century. The instruments are stamped EVANS & Co./OLD CHANGE/LONDON. The firm resided at 10 Old Change from about 1783 until about 1854.
The set is incomplete, only one tray of instruments remains. They include three Liston amputation knives, two silver tracheotomy tubes, seven smaller instruments including four knives, two needles, a hook and a trephination brush. The knives are made of steel with smooth ebony handles.
Currently not on view
Object Name
amputation set
surgical set
date made
ca 1837-1854
associated dates
Cockrill, Dr. James Jackson
Evans and Company
Physical Description
steel (overall material)
ebony (overall material)
velvet (overall material)
brass (overall material)
red (overall color)
average spatial: 4.5 cm x 42.3 cm x 22 cm; 1 3/4 in x 16 5/8 in x 8 11/16 in
overall: 1 5/8 in x 16 5/8 in x 8 3/4 in; 4.1275 cm x 42.2275 cm x 22.225 cm
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
associated place
United Kingdom: Great Britain
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Surgical instruments
Health & Medicine
Civil War Surgical Sets
Civil War
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Civil War Surgical Sets
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of The Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of the State of Maryland
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