Original Civil War USA Hospital Department Capital Surgical Instrument Box
Original Civil War USA Hospital Department Capital Surgical Instrument Box – This box once contained a set of Civil War surgical tools; although now empty, it remains a great example of a rarely encountered, Civil War U.S. Army Hospital Department marked box. This particular box, as well as, assumedly, the tools it once housed, was constructed by the well known purveyor of Civil War surgical supplies, Julius Tiencken of New York, as indicated by the original label still affixed to the hinged, velvet interior cover of the top of the box. Tiencken marked boxes are not commonly encountered, as he was a relatively small supplier to the Union Army. The box remains in excellent condition, exhibiting the brass escutcheon, inlaid in the top of the box’s exterior, that indicates the kit was issued to the “U.S.A. Hosptl Dept.” One could gradually collect Tiencken surgical tools, restore the trays within the box and have a great Civil War surgical kit.