Surgical instruments and case

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Titles Surgical instruments and case
Description Civil War surgeon's kit containing twenty-one surgical instruments in a walnut case with brass fittings. The kit was used by Surgeon William H. Leonard, M.D. of the Fifth Minnesota Regiment. The instruments have steel hardware and checkered ebony handles. Contents include: two bone saws; forceps; scalpel; bone nippers; tourniquet with brass compress and red canvas strap; flexible saw blade with linked teeth and detachable handles; surgical wire; two brass and steel trapanning tools or scarificators with a detachable handle; and an envelope containing eight suture needles.
Quantity 1 item
Format Content Category: artifacts
Measurements 7 inches height (6217.A, case)
28 inches width (6217.A, case)
17 inches depth (6217.A, case)
Nomenclature medical equipment
case (container)
needle (piercing tool)
Materials steel
brass (alloy)
Subjects Used by: United States, Army, Minnesota Infantry Regiment, 5th (1861-1865)
Owned/used by: Leonard, William Huntingdon
Used in: Minnesota, United States
Used during: Civil War, 1861-1865
Medicine. Medical Equipment & Supplies. Bags & Cases
Medicine. Medical Equipment & Supplies. Surgical Equipment & Supplies
Military. 1861-1865 (Civil & Indian Wars). Equipment & Supplies
Dates Use: Not earlier than 1861 - Not later than 1865 (Civil War)
Holding Type 3D Objects
Identifiers 6217.A-W (Accession Number)

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