On the Water

Ship's Surgical Kit

Surgical kits were not required on merchant vessels, but the larger and better-equipped ships often carried them. These were used for everything from pulling teeth to the amputation of limbs, and everything in between. Like the medicine chests, these kits too were often sold with simple pamphlets, with instructions and diagrams on how to use them in emergencies. The captain or first mate most commonly carried out any needed procedures.

ID Number:
1977.1103.01
Maker:
Hermann Hernstein & Son
Place Made:
New York, New York
Material:
wood, metal
Date:
1862-1865
Dimensions:
3 1/2 x 17 1/4 x 7 1/2 in.; 8.89 x 43.815 x 19.05 cm
Source:
Gustave and Phyllis Sokol