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USA Hospital Department Four Tier Surgical Field Set
by Dietrich W. Kolbe
From The Collection of Dr. Scott Watson.

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USA Hospital Department Civil War Surgery Set by Dietrich W Kolbe

Dietrich W Kolbe was a major contract instrument supplier to Union forces during the civil war. He moved from early training in instrument making from Paris and Germany to Philadelphia were he established business with several others until finally going into business by himself in 1856. He was most well known for his prowess in the manufacture of orthopedic instruments. By suppling large numbers of general field kits and specialty kits he became widely known by the military surgeons of the day.

His years of production and addresses per Edmonson American Surgical Instruments are:
1856-57: 45S. 8th
1858: III S. 8th
1859-66: 32 S. 9th (this is his civil war address)
1867-78: 15 S. 9th

Dietrich Kolbe died in 1878 but his son Charles Kolbe continued to make surgical instruments under his own label (Charles W Kolbe) for several more years. This example is a mahagony cased brass bound four tier field set with double sliding military latches. The brass plaque is missing but would have been inscribed USA Hospital Department. Instruments are marked Kolbe/Phila and both large bone forceps are marked USA Hosp. Dep't. It contains the usual instruments expected for field use in war-large amputation knives, capitol saw, urethral sounds and urinary catheters, trephine, bullet forceps and probe. The bullet forceps have a open earlier design for the index finger. The total instrument count for the set is 47.

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Instrument in this Kolbe Civil War surgical set marked U.S.A. Hosp. Dept.

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