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Collection
Queen's University Faculty of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
Accession Number
997001097 a-g
Description
Dissecting set, which consists of six pieces in a wooden case; the set includes (a) a scalpel with a long, flat ebony handle that has a rounded end; the other end of the handle is over a metal blade and held together with two brass studs; the blade is flat with rounded sides and one sharp edge, and…
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Accession Number
997001097 a-g
Collection
Queen's University Faculty of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
MeSH Heading
Dissection, instrumentation
Autopsy, instrumentation
Description
Dissecting set, which consists of six pieces in a wooden case; the set includes (a) a scalpel with a long, flat ebony handle that has a rounded end; the other end of the handle is over a metal blade and held together with two brass studs; the blade is flat with rounded sides and one sharp edge, and tapers to a sharp point; there is a piece of string tied around the handle where it attaches to the blade; the set also contains (b) a double-edged knife; this also has a long, flat ebony handle with a rounded end; the other end of the handle is over a metal blade and held together with two brass studs; the blade is flat and tapers out, then back in to end in a pointed tip; the edges are rounded and sharp; the set also has (c) a tenaculum with a handle similar to the scalpel and knife; the tip end of the handle attaches to a long, flat, rounded piece of metal that has a sharp tip bent in a sideways semi-circular curve; the set also has (d) a large suture needle which is a solid, cylindrical piece of metal with a sharp, tapered tip; an elongated hole has been cut through the metal at the other end; the set also contains (e) a pair of dissecting forceps; these are a tweezer-like instrument made of two joined halves; each side of the forceps has a flat piece of metal that has straight sides that taper to blunted tips; the other ends are rounded and join together to form a holding area; the outside edges of the forceps have vertical gripping grooves stamped into the metal; the inside edges of the tips also have vertical gripping grooves stamped into the metal; the final piece of the set is (f) a triple chain; this consists of three lengths of teardrop-shaped brass links which are all joined together at the top; the ends of each of these chains have metal hooks with blunted tips; the hooks are the same shape as a fishing hook; all of the pieces of the set are stored in (g) a wooden (mahogany?) case; the case is rectangular in shape with a lid that has a hinge at the back and hook clasps at the front; the inside bottom of the box has wooden dividers glued in place to hold the instruments apart; the inside of the lid has a small piece of wood and a moveable metal holding piece; this was intended to hold scissors (now lost)
Number Of Parts
7
Part Names
a - scalpel - Size: Length 15.8 cm x Width 1.1 cm x Depth 0.5 cm
b - double-edged knife - Size: Length 14.9 cm x Width 1.1 cm x Depth 0.5 cm
c - tenaculum - Size: Length 16.0 cm x Width 1.2 cm x Depth 0.5 cm
d - suture needle - Size: Length 6.8 cm x Width 0.2 cm x Depth 0.1 cm
e - dissecting forceps - Size: Length 12.1 cm x Width 2.1 cm x Depth 1.2 cm
f - triple chain - Size: Length 18.8 cm x Width 1.5 cm x Depth 0.5 cm
g - wooden case (closed) - Size: Length 17.5 cm x Width 6.2 cm x Depth 3.3 cm
Provenance
Originally owned by Dr. J.E. Mabee; collected by Dr. A.A. Travill for Queen's Faculty of Medicine collection
Maker
Shepard & Dudley
Material
metal: silver; grey; yellow
wood: black; brown
fabric: brown
Inscriptions
(a) The scalpel has the words "SHEPARD & DUDLEY" stamped into one side of the metal, just below the blade edge; (b) the double-edged knife has the words "SHEPARD & DUDLEY" stamped into one side of the metal, just below the blade edge; (c) the tenaculum has the words "SHEPARD & DUDLEY" stamped into the metal just above where it joins to the handle; (e) the forceps have the words "SHEPARD & DUDLEY" stamped on the inside of one of the blades; (g) the bottom of the case has "J.E. MAbee" written on it in ink
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-E1-5
Condition Remarks
The metal parts show minor wear and staining and no corrosion except for the small brass studs in the ebony handle of the scalpel; all pieces are in good condition except for the case, which is missing a hinge at the back and has a damaged clasp at the front; one of the inner wooden dividers has come unglued; #2: returned in the same condition; #3: the lid is coming off the case.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Document
JPG
Reference Comments
Previous number #16; Faculty of Medicine Collection 1984 Inventory; "Illustrated Catalogue and Price List of Surgical Instruments and Orthopaedic Appliances," by Max Wocher & Son, 189-, p. 65 (similar to #5) (see attached photocopy); "Surgical Instruments," by The Kny-Scheerer Company, 1915, p. 1024 (similar to A/-1123) (see attached photocopy); CD #3
Exhibit History
Bracken Library Exhibit "Boning Up on Anatomy"; Sept 9, 2002-Sept. 29, 2003
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dissecting knife (scalpel)

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Collection
Queen's University Faculty of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
Accession Number
997001130 a-b
Description
Dissecting knife with a removable handle, which consists of (a) the blade piece, which is made of rounded solid metal with a flat oval-shaped end piece; this end piece has a ring at its centre, and two rounde grooves on each side; the other end of the blade piece has a flat blade with a sharp round…
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Accession Number
997001130 a-b
Collection
Queen's University Faculty of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
MeSH Heading
Dissection, instrumentation
Autopsy, instrumentation
MM= Cutting Tool -- knife -- scalpel
Description
Dissecting knife with a removable handle, which consists of (a) the blade piece, which is made of rounded solid metal with a flat oval-shaped end piece; this end piece has a ring at its centre, and two rounde grooves on each side; the other end of the blade piece has a flat blade with a sharp rounded edge on one side and a straight, blunt edge on the other side; the blade tapers to a sharp tip; the blade piece fits into (b) the handle, which is made of a hollow flattened oval-shaped tube which is rounded and closed on one end and open at the other end; the blade fits into the handle and can be fitted so that the blade sticks out or can be put into the handle for storage purposes
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - scalpel blade - Size: Length 8.2 cm x Width 1.1 cm x Depth 0.6 cm
b - scalpel handle - Size: Length 7.2 cm x Width 1.0 cm x Depth 0.5 cm
Provenance
Collected by Dr. A.A. Travill for Queen's Faculty of Medicine collection
Material
metal: silver
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-F1-8
Condition Remarks
For most of the knife, the metal shows only minor wear; the blade edge is very worn and is missing very small sections; there is no corrosion visible; #3: returned in same condition; #4: blade chipped.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Document
Other
JPG
Reference Comments
Previous number #230; Faculty of Medicine Collection 1984 Inventory; "Surgical Instruments," the Kny-Scheerer Co., 1915, p. 1011 (similar to item A/-396, size 2) (see attached photocopy); same handle design as 997.001.032a,b; arrived at Museum with 997.001.278a-z, but did not originally come with the operating kit; CD #3
Research Facts
Came with boxed surgical instruments 997.001.266a-x
Exhibit History
May 24 - Sept. 13, 2001: Agnes Etherington Art Centre Museopathy exhibit; Bracken Library Exhibit "Boning Up on Anatomy"; Sept 9, 2002-Sept. 29, 2003
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post-mortem suture needle, double-curved

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Collection
Queen's University Faculty of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
General Surgery
Accession Number
997001196
Description
Solid metal needle made from a single piece of metal formed into an "S" shape; the needle is made of flat metal with slightly rounded sides on the end and ends with an oval eye cut out from the metal and a rounded outer edge; the top and bottom near the eye have horizontal gripping lines stamped in…
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Accession Number
997001196
Collection
Queen's University Faculty of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
General Surgery
MeSH Heading
Autopsy, instrumentation
MM= Needles -- suture
Description
Solid metal needle made from a single piece of metal formed into an "S" shape; the needle is made of flat metal with slightly rounded sides on the end and ends with an oval eye cut out from the metal and a rounded outer edge; the top and bottom near the eye have horizontal gripping lines stamped into the metal; the tip end of the needle has a flat, rounded bottom and two flat sides that join to create a ridge at the top; the tip ends with a sharp point.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Collected by Dr. A.A. Travill for the Queen's University Faculty of Medicine Collection
Material
metal: silver
Inscriptions
Horizontal grip lines are stamped into the top and bottom of the metal just below the eye.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-F1-16
Dimension Notes
Length 12.0 cm x Width 0.2 cm x Depth 0.2 cm
Condition Remarks
The metal shows minor wear only; no staining or corrosion is visible
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Document
JPG
Reference Comments
Previous number #287; Faculty of Medicine Collection 1984 Inventory; "Surgical Instruments," by The Kny-Scheerer Co., 1915, pp. 1016 and 2239 ( item B/-6155, size 1) (see attached photocopy); CD #5
Exhibit History
May 24 - Sept. 13, 2001: Agnes Etherington Art Centre Museopathy exhibit
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amputation knife

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Dates
1860
circa 1860
Collection
Queen's University Faculty of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
Accession Number
997001415 a-b
Description
(a) Amputation knife, which consists of a straight, long, thin blade with a rounded back, very sharp pointed tip and thin, sharp cutting edge; the knife blade goes into a long, rounded ebony handle that has cross-hatched gripping incisions carved into the wood of the front, back and sides; the oute…
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Accession Number
997001415 a-b
Collection
Queen's University Faculty of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
MeSH Heading
Amputation -- instrumentation
Autopsy, instrumentation
Dissection, instrumentation
Description
(a) Amputation knife, which consists of a straight, long, thin blade with a rounded back, very sharp pointed tip and thin, sharp cutting edge; the knife blade goes into a long, rounded ebony handle that has cross-hatched gripping incisions carved into the wood of the front, back and sides; the outer end is rounded; the knife is stored in a leather sheath (b); the sheath is made of two pieces of leather cut into the shape and length of the blade and sewn together with the bottom left open so that it can be put on or taken off the knife blade.
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - amputation knife - Size: Length 36.6 cm x Width 1.9 cm x Depth 1.2 cm
b - leather sheath - Size: Length 26.8 cm x Width 3.0 cm x Depth 1.2 cm
Provenance
Originally owned and used by Dr. B.N. Kropp; collected by Dr. A.A. Travill for the Queen's University Faculty of Medicine Collection
Maker
J. Gray & Son
Site Made (City)
Sheffield
Site Made (Country)
England
Dates
1860
circa 1860
Date Remarks
Knife type used between 1860 and 1880.
Material
metal: silver
wood: black
leather: brown
fabric: brown; green
Inscriptions
(a) One side of the blade has the words, "J. GRAY & SON // SHEFFIELD" stamped into the metal just above the handle.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-E1-3
Condition Remarks
The metal shows some wear and minor staining; no corrosion is visible; the wooden handle shows minor wear; the wood has a 5 cm-long crack on one side, close to the blade; the leather is complete, unstained, and flexible.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Document
Book
Other
JPG
Reference Comments
Previous number #141; Faculty of Medicine Collection 1984 Inventory; "A Pictorial Encyclopedia of Civil War Medical Instruments and Equipment," Vol. I, by Dr. Gordon Dammann, 1983, p. 14 (item #20); "Antique Medical Instruments," by C. Keith Wilbur, M.D., 1987, p. 126 (see attached photocopies); came in instrument roll 997.001.414 with 6 other amputation knives (997.001.416-.421); CD #6
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amputation knife

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Dates
1860
circa 1860
Collection
Queen's University Faculty of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
Accession Number
997001416 a-b
Description
(a) Amputation knife, which consists of a straight, long, thin blade with a rounded back, very sharp pointed tip and thin, sharp cutting edge; the knife blade goes into a long, rounded ebony handle that has cross-hatched gripping incisions carved into the wood of the front and back; the sides are s…
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Accession Number
997001416 a-b
Collection
Queen's University Faculty of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
MeSH Heading
Amputation -- instrumentation
Autopsy, instrumentation
Dissection, instrumentation
Description
(a) Amputation knife, which consists of a straight, long, thin blade with a rounded back, very sharp pointed tip and thin, sharp cutting edge; the knife blade goes into a long, rounded ebony handle that has cross-hatched gripping incisions carved into the wood of the front and back; the sides are smooth; the outer end tapers to a blunt point; the knife is stored in a leather sheath (b); the sheath is made of two pieces of leather cut into the shape and length of the blade and sewn together with the bottom left open so that it can be put on or taken off the knife blade.
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - amputation knife - Size: Length 31.6 cm x Width 1.9 cm x Depth 1.3 cm
b - leather sheath - Size: Length 21.8 cm x Width 3.6 cm x Depth 1.1 cm
Provenance
Originally owned and used by Dr. B.N. Kropp; collected by Dr. A.A. Travill for the Queen's University Faculty of Medicine Collection
Maker
Snowden
Site Made (City)
Philadelphia
Site Made (State)
Pennsylvania
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1860
circa 1860
Date Remarks
Knife type used between 1860 and 1880.
Material
metal: silver
wood: black
leather: brown
fabric: brown; green
Inscriptions
(a) One side of the blade has the words, "SNOWDEN // PHILA" stamped into the metal just above the handle; the handle has the number "2" stamped into one side of the wood, just below the blade.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-E1-3
Condition Remarks
The metal shows some wear and minor non-active corrosion at the tip; the wooden handle shows minor wear; the wood has a 6.5-cm-long crack on one side, close to the blade; the leather is complete, unstained, and flexible; #2: returned in same condition; #3: 7.5-cm crack in handle; wear and tarnish on blade; a few adhesions.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Document
Book
Other
JPG
Reference Comments
Previous number #141; Faculty of Medicine Collection 1984 Inventory; "A Pictorial Encyclopedia of Civil War Medical Instruments and Equipment," Vol. I, by Dr. Gordon Dammann, 1983, p. 14 (item #20); "Antique Medical Instruments," by C. Keith Wilbur, M.D., 1987, p. 126 (see attached photocopies); came in instrument roll 997.001.414 with 6 other amputation knives (997.001.415, .417-.421); CD #6
Exhibit History
Bracken Library Exhibit "Boning Up on Anatomy"; Sept 9, 2002-Sept. 29, 2003; On display in Bracken wing Feb. 12, 2004-Feb. 2005
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Catlin amputation knife

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Dates
1860
circa 1860
Collection
Queen's University Faculty of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
Accession Number
997001417 a-b
Description
(a) Catlin amputation knife, which consists of a straight, long, thin blade with two sharp cutting edges and a slightly raised central ridge on each side; there is a 7-cm length at the top of the knife, just before the handle, that is rounded and not sharp; the knife tapers to a sharp point; the ot…
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Accession Number
997001417 a-b
Collection
Queen's University Faculty of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
MeSH Heading
Amputation -- instrumentation
Autopsy, instrumentation
Dissection, instrumentation
Description
(a) Catlin amputation knife, which consists of a straight, long, thin blade with two sharp cutting edges and a slightly raised central ridge on each side; there is a 7-cm length at the top of the knife, just before the handle, that is rounded and not sharp; the knife tapers to a sharp point; the other end of the knife blade goes into a long, rounded ebony handle that has cross-hatched gripping incisions carved into the wood of the front and back; the sides are smooth; the outer end is rounded; the knife is stored in a leather sheath (b); the sheath is made of two pieces of leather cut into the shape and length of the blade and sewn together with the bottom left open, so that it can be put on or taken off the knife blade.
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - amputation knife - Size: Length 36.1 cm x Width 2.0 cm x Depth 1.2 cm
b - leather sheath - Size: Length 25.4 cm x Width 2.5 cm x Depth 0.7 cm
Provenance
Originally owned and used by Dr. B.N. Kropp; collected by Dr. A.A. Travill for the Queen's University Faculty of Medicine Collection
Maker
Snowden
Site Made (City)
Philadelphia
Site Made (State)
Pennsylvania
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1860
circa 1860
Date Remarks
Knife type used between 1860 and 1880.
Material
metal: silver
wood: black
leather: brown
fabric: brown
Inscriptions
(a) One side of the blade has the words, "SNO [illeg.] // PHILA" stamped into the metal just above the handle; the handle has the number "2" stamped into one side of the wood, just below the blade
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-E1-3
Condition Remarks
The metal shows some wear; some non-active corrosion is visible on the central ridge of one side; the wooden handle shows minor wear; the wood has a 6 cm-long crack on one side, close to the blade; the leather is complete, unstained, and flexible; (2): 6.5-cm crack in handle; some inactive corrosion on blade; a few wear marks.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Document
Book
Other
JPG
Reference Comments
Previous number #141; Faculty of Medicine Collection 1984 Inventory; "A Pictorial Encyclopedia of Civil War Medical Instruments and Equipment," Vol. I, by Dr. Gordon Dammann, 1983, p. 14 (item #21); "Antique Medical Instruments," by C. Keith Wilbur, M.D., 1987, p. 126 (see attached photocopies); came in instrument roll 997.001.414 with 6 other amputation knives (997.001.415-.416, .418-.421); CD #6
Research Facts
The double-edged knife was used in the "flap type" of amputation procedure
Exhibit History
On display in Bracken wing Feb. 12, 2004-Feb. 2005
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amputation knife

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Dates
1860
circa 1860
Collection
Queen's University Faculty of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
Accession Number
997001418 a-b
Description
(a) Amputation knife, which consists of a straight, flat blade with a straight, slightly rounded back, a rounded outer tip and a straight, thin, sharp cutting edge; the blade flares out from the tip to the other end; the other end of the knife blade goes into a long, rounded ebony handle that has c…
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Accession Number
997001418 a-b
Collection
Queen's University Faculty of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
MeSH Heading
Amputation -- instrumentation
Autopsy, instrumentation
Dissection, instrumentation
Description
(a) Amputation knife, which consists of a straight, flat blade with a straight, slightly rounded back, a rounded outer tip and a straight, thin, sharp cutting edge; the blade flares out from the tip to the other end; the other end of the knife blade goes into a long, rounded ebony handle that has cross-hatched gripping incisions carved into the wood of the front and back; the sides are smooth; the outer end is rounded; the knife is stored in a leather sheath (b); the sheath is made of two pieces of leather cut into the shape and length of the blade and sewn together with the bottom left open so that it can be put on or taken off the knife blade.
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - amputation knife - Size: Length 28.4 cm x Width 2.1 cm x Depth 1.0 cm
b - leather sheath - Size: Length 17.4 cm x Width 3.3 cm x Depth 0.7 cm
Provenance
Originally owned and used by Dr. B.N. Kropp; collected by Dr. A.A. Travill for the Queen's University Faculty of Medicine Collection
Dates
1860
circa 1860
Date Remarks
Knife type used between 1860 and 1880.
Material
metal: silver
wood: black
leather: brown
fabric: brown
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-E1-3
Condition Remarks
The metal shows some wear; one side of the blade shows a fair amount of non-active corrosion; the wooden handle shows minor wear; the wood has a 6 cm-long crack on one side, close to the blade; the leather is complete, unstained, and flexible; (2): approximately 4.5-cm crack along length of handle; inactive corrosion on blade; tarnish on blade.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Document
Book
Other
JPG
Reference Comments
Previous number #141; Faculty of Medicine Collection 1984 Inventory; "Antique Medical Instruments," by C. Keith Wilbur, M.D., 1987, p. 126 (see attached photocopy); came in instrument roll 997.001.414 with 6 other amputation knives (997.001.415-.417, .419-.421); CD #6
Exhibit History
On display in Bracken wing Feb. 12, 2004-Feb. 2005
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Catlin amputation knife

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Dates
1860
circa 1860
Collection
Queen's University Faculty of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
Accession Number
997001419 a-b
Description
(a) Catlin amputation knife, which consists of a straight, long, thin blade with two sharp cutting edges and a slightly raised central ridge on each side; there is a 6-cm length at the top of the knife, just before the handle, that is rounded and not sharp; the knife tapers to a sharp point; the ot…
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Accession Number
997001419 a-b
Collection
Queen's University Faculty of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
MeSH Heading
Amputation -- instrumentation
Autopsy, instrumentation
Dissection, instrumentation
Description
(a) Catlin amputation knife, which consists of a straight, long, thin blade with two sharp cutting edges and a slightly raised central ridge on each side; there is a 6-cm length at the top of the knife, just before the handle, that is rounded and not sharp; the knife tapers to a sharp point; the other end of the knife blade goes into a long, rounded ebony handle that has cross-hatched gripping incisions carved into the wood of the front and back; the sides are smooth; the outer end of the handle tapers to a blunt point; the knife is stored in a leather sheath (b); the sheath is made of two pieces of leather cut into the shape and length of the blade and sewn together with the bottom left open, so that it can be put on or taken off the knife blade.
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - amputation knife - Size: Length 27.0 cm x Width 1.8 cm x Depth 1.2 cm
b - leather sheath - Size: Length 16.7 cm x Width 2.6 cm x Depth 0.9 cm
Provenance
Originally owned and used by Dr. B.N. Kropp; collected by Dr. A.A. Travill for the Queen's University Faculty of Medicine Collection
Maker
Snowden
Site Made (City)
Philadelphia
Site Made (State)
Pennsylvania
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1860
circa 1860
Date Remarks
Knife type used between 1860 and 1880.
Material
metal: silver
wood: black
leather: brown
fabric: brown
Inscriptions
(a) One side of the blade has the words, "[illeg.] OWDEN // [illeg.] HIL" stamped into the metal just above the handle; the handle has the number "2" stamped into one side of the wood, just below the blade
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-E1-3
Condition Remarks
The metal shows some wear; some non-active corrosion is visible on one side of the knife blade; the wooden handle has a 3 cm-long crack on one side, close to the blade; the leather is complete, unstained, and flexible; #2: returned in same condition.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Document
Book
Other
JPG
Reference Comments
Previous number #141; Faculty of Medicine Collection 1984 Inventory; "A Pictorial Encyclopedia of Civil War Medical Instruments and Equipment," Vol. I, by Dr. Gordon Dammann, 1983, p. 14 (item #21); "Antique Medical Instruments," by C. Keith Wilbur, M.D., 1987, p. 126 (see attached photocopies); came in instrument roll 997.001.414 with 6 other amputation knives (997.001.415-.418, .420-.421); CD #6
Research Facts
The double-edged knife was used in the "flap type" of amputation procedure
Exhibit History
Bracken Library Exhibit "Boning Up on Anatomy"; Sept 9, 2002-Sept. 29, 2003
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amputation knife

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Dates
1860
circa 1860
Collection
Queen's University Faculty of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
Accession Number
997001420 a-b
Description
(a) Amputation knife, which consists of a straight, flat blade with a straight, slightly rounded back, a tapered sharp pointed tip and a straight, thin, sharp cutting edge; the other end of the knife blade goes into a long, rounded ebony handle that has cross-hatched gripping incisions carved into …
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Accession Number
997001420 a-b
Collection
Queen's University Faculty of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
MeSH Heading
Amputation -- instrumentation
Autopsy, instrumentation
Dissection, instrumentation
Description
(a) Amputation knife, which consists of a straight, flat blade with a straight, slightly rounded back, a tapered sharp pointed tip and a straight, thin, sharp cutting edge; the other end of the knife blade goes into a long, rounded ebony handle that has cross-hatched gripping incisions carved into the wood of the front and back; the sides are smooth; the outer end tapers to a blunt point; the knife is stored in a leather sheath (b); the sheath is made of two pieces of leather cut into the shape and length of the blade and sewn together with the bottom left open so that it can be put on or taken off the knife blade.
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - amputation knife - Size: Length 37.7 cm x Width 2.2 cm x Depth 1.3 cm
b - leather sheath - Size: Length 26.6 cm x Width 3.1 cm x Depth 1.0 cm
Provenance
Originally owned and used by Dr. B.N. Kropp; collected by Dr. A.A. Travill for the Queen's University Faculty of Medicine Collection
Dates
1860
circa 1860
Date Remarks
Knife type used between 1860 and 1880.
Material
metal: silver
wood: black
leather: brown
fabric: brown; green
Inscriptions
(a) One side of the blade has the words, "SNOW [illeg.] // PHILA" stamped into the metal just above the handle
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-E1-3
Condition Remarks
The metal shows some wear and minor staining; no corrosion is visible; the wooden handle shows minor wear; the wood has a 7-cm-long crack on one side, close to the blade; the leather is complete, unstained, and flexible.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Document
Book
Other
JPG
Reference Comments
Previous number #141; Faculty of Medicine Collection 1984 Inventory; "A Pictorial Encyclopedia of Civil War Medical Instruments and Equipment," Vol. I, by Dr. Gordon Dammann, 1983, p. 14 (item #20); "Antique Medical Instruments," by C. Keith Wilbur, M.D., 1987, p. 126 (see attached photocopies); came in instrument roll 997.001.414 with 6 other amputation knives (997.001.415-.419, .421); CD #6
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Virchow brain knife

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Collection
Queen's University Faculty of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
Accession Number
997001421 a-b
Description
(a) Virchow brain knife, which consists of a straight, flat blade with thin, sharp edges and a thin, sharp, rounded tip; the other end of the blade tapers in and joins with a metal handle that is long, rounded and hollow inside; the handle end is rounded; the knife is stored in a leather sheath (b)…
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Accession Number
997001421 a-b
Collection
Queen's University Faculty of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
MeSH Heading
Amputation -- instrumentation
Autopsy, instrumentation
Dissection, instrumentation
Description
(a) Virchow brain knife, which consists of a straight, flat blade with thin, sharp edges and a thin, sharp, rounded tip; the other end of the blade tapers in and joins with a metal handle that is long, rounded and hollow inside; the handle end is rounded; the knife is stored in a leather sheath (b); the sheath is made of two pieces of leather cut into the shape and length of the blade and sewn together with the bottom left open, so that it can be put on or taken off the knife blade.
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - brain knife - Size: Length 28.9 cm x Width 2.1 cm x Depth 1.2 cm
b - leather sheath - Size: Length 17.0 cm x Width 3.3 cm x Depth 0.7 cm
Provenance
Originally owned and used by Dr. B.N. Kropp; collected by Dr. A.A. Travill for the Queen's University Faculty of Medicine Collection
Site Made (Country)
Germany
Material
metal: silver
leather: brown
fabric: brown
Inscriptions
(a) One side of the blade has the words, "INGRAM & BELL // MADE IN GERMANY" stamped into the metal near the handle; the other side of the blade has, "CHROME – RUSTLESS" stamped into the metal near the handle.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-E1-3
Condition Remarks
The metal shows some wear; there are a few small spots of plating loss and non-active corrosion on the blade; the leather is complete, unstained, and flexible.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Document
Book
Other
JPG
Reference Comments
Previous number #141; Faculty of Medicine Collection 1984 Inventory; "Surgical Instruments," by Jetter & Scheerer Co., c. 1960, p. 189 (item #04 516) (see attached photocopy); came in instrument roll 997.001.414 with 6 other amputation knives (997.001.415-.420); CD #6
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