The study of early surgical procedures and those instruments used to perform them is fascinating: both from the perspective of how they formed the basis of today’s surgical treatment as well as the master craftsmanship that went into the fabrication of the instruments themselves.
Early surgical instrumentation, prior to the era of sterilization, was developed out of an observed necessity to cure disease, injury and other maladies.
They were created to be not only functional, but also beautiful, using materials such as ebony, pearl, ivory, tortoiseshell and sterling silver. There was strong competition among the makers to create the most functional as well as the most beautiful instruments possible.
It is an appreciation of this surgical era that led me to begin collecting such instruments many years ago.
What you view on this site is the result of nearly 50 years of collecting. I’ve created this site to exhibit my collection as well as to liquidate it. The time has come to pass my beloved collection onto others with a similar interest.
To those that appreciate the instruments for their function and their eloquent craftsmanship; but also the mindset of the early practitioner that held and used these instruments.