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Hernstein Capital Set   Tiencken Surgical Set   Snowden Post Mortem Set  
Kern Post Mortem Set   Brinkerhoff Stomach Pump
USA Hosp Dept Hernstein 3 Tier Set
USA Hospital Dept. Hernstein Trephine Set
USA Hospital Department Kolbe Four Tier Civil War Surgical Set
Weiss Cased Civil War Amputation Set

USA Hospital Department General Operating Set
by Hernstein
Marked USA Hosp Dept
From The Collection of Dr. Scott Watson.

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USA Hospital Department General Operating Set - USA Hosp Dept

Early Ivory small military set with instruments for minor amputation, opthamologic injuries, bullet and foreign body extraction. H. Hernstein label still present on the fabric divider with USA Hospital Dept on the label. H Hernstein label dates set between 1859-1861 afterwhich the company changed to Hernstein & Son. The presence of a key lock also indicates early war design as later sets used sliding military latches for quick access. Later military sets would not need expensive and ornate ivory instruments as well. The set still retains the original purchase label on the divider with total cost of all equipment purchased at 50 dollars(the equivolent of approx 2,200 dollars today).

It also appears that the brass plaque on the set was likely "flipped" after the war to hide the original government ownership. The blank side of the plaque has a dark patina consistent with many years of exposure. The USA Hospital Dept marked side has been cleaned at some point in the past. There is a trabecular pattern imprinted to the metal matching the original hardened glue. The USA engraving is typical Hernstein style but Hospital Dept font is different than usually seen with Hernstein, this may have been added at later date or is an early example at the very begining of the war which evolved to the more typical font we see later in the war.

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