Surgical Set


Wooden box containing seventeen metal and five ivory plates for repairing broken bones. One inscription reads “SHERMAN VANADIUM.” Another reads “CHAS. NEUHAUS & CO.” Sherman Vanadium Steel (aka stainless steel) was the first metal developed specifically for human use—for manufacturing bone fracture plates and screws. It was promoted by William O’Neill Sherman (d. 1954), a surgeon in Pittsburgh. Chas. Neuhaus & Co., of Baltimore, made various surgical and medical instruments.

Ref: William O’Neill Sherman, M.D., “Vanadium Bone Plates and Screws,” Surgery, Gynecology and Obstetrics 14 (1912): 629-534.

“Doctor Nails Broken Bone,” Washington Post (Aug. 2, 1912), p. 1.

Maker: Orthopedic Equipment Company Inc.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New York, New York City

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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.302606.748Accession Number: 302606Catalog Number: 302606.748

Object Name: Unknownsurgical setbone plate set

Physical Description: metal, steel (overall material)ivory (overall material)metal, brass (overall material)velvet (overall material)leather (overall material)Measurements: overall: 2 1/2 in x 10 in x 4 3/4 in; 6.35 cm x 25.4 cm x 12.065 cm


Record Id: nmah_1134508

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