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Rare - Civil War Surgeon’s maker-marked Amputation Saw


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This is another great Civil War medical item being offered, it is surgeon’s Amputation Saw. The overall size of the instrument is 12 ¼” with the steel serrated blade being 7”. The screw-on handle is made of ebony hardwood and has a slot in it for some unknown reason (maybe for a strap or a slot in a medical case. On the base of the blade it is marked in Old English with the maker “Tiemann”.

George Tiemann was a major supplier (probably the largest supplier) of surgical instruments during the Civil War. According to “Edmonson American Surgical Instruments” his New York City company address was 63 Chathum Street from 1855-1863 and 67 Chathum Street in 1864-1865. Being that this instrument is just marked with “Thiemann” in Old English font, it would date to being made just prior to the Civil War. Post-war instruments were marked with “Thiemann & Co.”.

Although the exact number is not known, approximately 60,000 surgeries, about three quarters of all of the operations performed during the war, were amputations. Although seemingly radical, the operation was intended to prevent deadly complications such as gangrene. Sometimes undertaken without anesthesia, and in some cases leaving the patient with painful sensations in the severed nerves, the removal of a limb was widely feared by soldiers (see pictures).

This amputation saw obviously seen heavy use, judging by the dark discoloration on the base of the blade. It probably was 2-piece designed for taking up less room in a field kit. All Tiemann medical instruments are very desirable and collectible, but the amputation saws are always sought out, especially when it is 100% correct to have been available and probably used during the Civil War. It remains tight and overall, in nicely used condition. It would make a great addition to any medical or Civil War collection.

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