Original U.S. Civil War Confederate States Royal Navy Surgeon Amputation Kit Circa 1850

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Original Items: Only One Set Available. Discovered in a church in South Carolina, this is a gruesome but spectacular surgeon’s amputation kit dating from the U.S Civil War. Fine hard wood original wood case with a full set of amputation instruments expressly made for Her Majesty's Royal Navy by W. & H. HUTCHINSON of SHEFFIELD ENGLAND.

An IDENTICAL kit is part of the Confederacy display in the permanent collection at the American Civil War Museum in Richmond, Virginia. These kits were imported by the South during the U.S. Civil War. See the kit at this link:

Started in 1834 by William and Henry Hutchinson at 76 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, the company moved to 36 Matilda Street, Sheffield where it thrived with British Naval contracts. In the late 1850's and early 1860’s the company supplied material to the buying agents of the Confederate States with whom the British Government supported because of the essential cotton supply that was crucial to feed Britain's industrial revolution. The firm closed it's doors in 1891. This set is particularly nice in that the high quality wood case measures 5” x 16" wide and just 2 3/4" tall when closed. It retains a most impressive “trade label" which is fully embossed with the British Coat of Arms over:


The set consists of: • 3 x surgical knives • 1 x fearsome bone saw • 1 x large pair of tweezers • 3 x hooked probes • Multiple curved and straight needles • Strap tourniquet consisting of deck chair design canvas strap with brass buckles and clamp to seal off the limb from the blood supply. All pieces are offered in fine condition in the original subdued purple velvet lined case. A magnificent field amputation set from a time when medicine was still as brutal as war.

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