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Excellent Post-Civil War Era Large Size Surgeon's Amputation Saw for a Leg or Arm
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This is a very fine original post-Civil War era amputation saw. This is the large size that resembles a modern day hacksaw. It would have been used to remove arms and legs. These high quality instruments had interchangeable blade to make them last longer under frequent use. It has the wooden pattern handle with multiple piece construction that is in excellent condition. This multi-piece handle is a classic trait of a Civil War era saw because the doctors didn't know that bacteria would build up between the pieces of the handle. After the Civil War they went to a solid 1-piece construction to help prevent infection. It measures 14 inches in overall size with the blade measuring 9-1/2 inches. On the side it has the maker marking of "SHEPERD & DUDLEY N.Y.". This marking was used from 1870 to 1894 and with the construction, it would date to the earlier part of their business. This is a wonderful piece of Civil War era medical history.

Item #: B1502
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