The George Tiemann company, located in New York City, was a major supplier of surgical kits and instruments to the Union army during the Civil War. His company is still in business today. According to their website, they have been suppliers of “fine surgical instruments” since 1826.
|In addition to having loops for storing instruments, this kit also has a pocket where the surgeon could keep his needles and suture materials.|
|This double-bladed instrument is probably recognizable as two scalpels, used for making incisions.|
|This metal instrument is a grooved director. It was used for directing another surgical instrument, such as a scalpel, to an area that was not in the surgeon’s direct view.|
|Metal olive-tipped artery forceps enabled the surgeon to grip an artery. A ligature with an overhand knot could be slipped down the forceps to the artery. A small metal slide allows the forceps to be locked closed.|
I am still cataloging and documenting this kit and the rest of the collection, but I’m looking forward to putting them on display in the future!
Photos courtesy of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine.