Surgical Set


This small rectangular shagreen (fish skin) case has brass hinges and a lock. The interior is lined with embossed leather. The case contains a crude metal director, a scoop, and a cylindrical bone case with a cap. A side compartment at bottom of case, contains (1) steel forceps with open finger rings, and engraved motifs. The forceps are marked "R L".

A similar fish skin case resides in the collection of the Hunterian Museum of the Royal College of Surgeons, London, and is illustrated on page 62, in Antique Medical Instruments by Elizabeth Bennion. It also contains a silver scoop and curette which are similar to 302606.063.

An original catalogue card accompanying the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of the State of Maryland accession reveals this set of instruments belonged to a Dr. Gilpin (1758-1825) of Wilmington, Delaware. It was given to the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of the State of Maryland by Gilpin's great, great granddaughter Mrs. Nathan Winslow February 1950.

Date Made: 17th - 18th century

Location: Currently not on view

Subject: Surgical instrumentsSurgery


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Credit Line: Gift of The Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of the State of Maryland

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MG.302606.063Accession Number: 302606Catalog Number: 302606.063M-14192Collector/Donor Number: 50.2.1.A-E

Object Name: Surgical Setsurgical setpocket caseOther Terms: Surgical Set; Surgical Set; Minor Surgery

Physical Description: fish skin (case material)brass (case material)steel (instruments material)bone (overall material)wood (case material)Measurements: average spatial: 5.5 cm x 17.7 cm x 5.5 cm; 2 3/16 in x 6 15/16 in x 2 3/16 inoverall: 2 1/8 in x 7 in x 2 1/4 in; 5.3975 cm x 17.78 cm x 5.715 cm


Record Id: nmah_1056571

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