Here is a cool surgeon's amputation kit from the late 1800's. This is a very fine traveling kit that would have been used for amputations and surgeries. This is the original wooden case with brass fittings. Whent he lid is open, the dimensions are 16-1/2 inches by 10-1/2 inches in overall size. On the lid of the case it has the inlaid plaque reading "D.C. Peyton. M.D.". The kit contains 13 medical instruments and other pieces including three knives marked by the actual maker "H.G. Kern". Among the implements it has a Hey's saw and a pair of artery forceps marked "Tafel Bros," a tourniquet, trephine brush, plain amputating saw, and other items including a small spool of thread. On the lower right hand side of the case it has the metal label that reads "Tafel Bros Louisville, KY." The Tafel Brothers were located in Louisville, Kentucky and they were active as manufacturers of surgical and electrical instruments and int he maker book it states that they under this marking from 1881 until 1893. A search of Dr. D.C. Peyton, shows that Dr. Peyton was from Jeffersonville, Indiana. An obituary states that he started practicing medicine in 1886. This lets us know this set would date from about 1886 till 1893. The case display well but the lid has a clear tape repair as you can see. This si a great looking set that deserves more research on Dr. Peyton.