19TH CENTURY MAKER MARKED TORTISE SHELL HANDLED SCALPEL

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Item Code: 413-110

Scalpel has a very nice tortoise shell handle that meas. approx. 3.50 inches long. Scalpel swings out easily. Blade is slightly curved and is marked “SHEPARD & DUDLEY.”

Item is in very nice condition.

Online research shows that “Shepard and Dudley were not in the surgical instrument business until 1870 when they purchased a surgical instrument company from William F. Ford.  During the Civil War, Shepard, owned a business called 'Rubber Clothing Co.'  Dudley was not even a part of this rubber goods company.  Shepard and Dudley joined forces to buy out Ford in 1870 and then were known as 'Shepard and Dudley' Surgical Instruments.  They were importing surgical instruments from Europe and 'putting up' sets under the name of Shepard and Dudley while located at 150 William St. in New York.”  [ad][ph:L]

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