Curved steel knife, or bistoury, with “FORD” and “SHEPARD & DUDLEY, N.Y.” inscriptions on the ivory handle. William Fraser Ford (1820-1897) was a machinist from England who arrived in New York in 1848 and learned to make surgical instruments. His firm became Wade & Ford in 1861, and William F. Ford & Co. after the Civil War. In 1870, he began working under the auspices of the businessmen, Shepard & Dudley.

Date Made: 1871-1874

Maker: Ford, William F.

Location: Currently not on view

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Credit Line: Transfer from U.S. Department of Health, Education & Welfare. Public Health Service

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1980.0349.09.006Catalog Number: 1980.0349.09.006Accession Number: 1980.0349

Object Name: knifesurgical set

Measurements: overall: 1/4 in x 5 3/8 in x 3/4 in; .635 cm x 13.6525 cm x 1.905 cm


Record Id: nmah_1342645

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