Set of surgical instruments in case

Object Number: 
1957.262a-k
Date: 
ca. 1776
Medium: 
Wood, metal, horn, tortoise shell, papier-mâché
Dimensions: 
Overall: 3 1/2 x 20 x 5 3/4 in. ( 8.9 x 50.8 x 14.6 cm )
Marks: 
impressed: on blade of straight knife: "SHARP[?]" impressed: on blade of scalpel: "SHOT / WELL" impressed: on blade of folding knife with tortoise shell handle: crown above a star
Description: 
Rectangular wooden box containing set of eight surgical tools, including a saw, a knife with long curved blade, a knife with narrow straight blade, a scalpel, a folding knife in papier-mâché case, a folding knife with tortoise shell handle, a flat metal instrument roughly the size and shape of a tongue depressor, and a small two-pronged metal tool with flat circular head.
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, these instruments were used by Dr. James Bradish, great-great-grandfather of the donors, at the time of the American Revolution. In 1896, the original blades, which were badly rusted, were nickel-plated for preservation.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Miss Ethelwyn Bradish and Mrs. Mary Bradish Call in memory of their father, Walter Horace Bradish
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group