Surgical Set

Description (Brief):

The original owner of this surgical set was Jacob S. Dungan, a surgeon in the U.S. Navy. The Navy Register of 1852 lists Dungan aboard the Steamer Vixon, in 1847, at which point he had been in the service for ten months in the Gulf of Mexico during the war with Mexico. Dungan subsequently served aboard numerous ships including the Sloop Portsmouth out of Portsmouth, New Hampshire during the American Civil War. In 1864 Dungan was assigned to the Naval Asylum in Philadelphia at which time he may have procured his surgical set. By 1869, he was a resident of the State of California. 1886-7 is the last time his name appears in the Navy Register.

Description (Brief)

The function of this surgical set is for the amputation of limbs. It contains Liston and Catlin knives, bone forceps, a tourniquet, several saws and a universal handle with four interchangeable bone drills. The case is made of rosewood and has brass fittings. The exterior lid has an inlaid rectangular brass plaque which reads "Jacob S. Dungan, U.S.N. 1864". Every instrument has its place in the molded interior which is lined in red velvet. The case has two main compartments and two instrument trays. The trays are also lined with red velvet and have leather tabs at each end of the tray. During the Civil War the United States Army contracted with several surgical instrument makers, including Jacob Gemrig to provide surgical sets for the Union troops.

Date Made: 1861-1865

User: Dungan, Jacob S.Maker: Gemrig, Jacob H.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

Subject: SurgerySurgical instrumentsRelated Event: Civil War


See more items in: Medicine and Science: Medicine, Health & Medicine, Civil War Surgical Sets


Exhibition Location:

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MG.316384.01Accession Number: 316384Catalog Number: 316384.01

Object Name: surgical set

Physical Description: rosewood (overall material)brass (overall material)velvet (overall material)leather (overall material)ebony (overall material)Measurements: overall: 4 1/4 in x 16 3/4 in x 6 3/8 in; 10.795 cm x 42.545 cm x 16.1925 cm


Record Id: nmah_1028341

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