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CIVIL WAR ERA WOODEN LEG SPLINTS – VERY GOOD CONDITION - MAKER MARKED - SCARCE EARLY MEDICAL PIECE:  This original set of two Civil War era Leg Splints was patented and manufactured by Dr. Almiron M. Day of Bennington, Vermont.  Apparently securing his patents during the mid 1850’s through the mid 1860’s, Dr. Day’s splints were generally used in the army hospitals during the Civil War. 

Described and pictured on page 73 of Dr. Dammann’s Pictorial Encyclopedia of Civil War Medical Instruments and Equipment, Volume One, and again on page 76 of Volume Two by the same title, this particular set was designed to splint the lower portions of the leg and ankle.  Measuring 13 ¼” long and generally 3 ½ ” wide, this set

is in very good condition.  The two splints retain the original varnish finish and both pieces retain the original maker’s stencil “A. M. DAY” and the notation “OUTSIDE LEFT” and “INSIDE LEFT” respectively.  The outside splint has a period executed repair where the splint cracked at the ankle, consisting of two iron bands shaped to the curve of the splint and attached with iron screws.  The splint is solid with no movement and it was obviously used after the repair was done.  The repair is indicative of how valuable these splints were to the surgeons, for otherwise I suspect the splint would have been disposed of rather than repaired.   

This is a very special set and will be an important addition to a Civil War display or any 19th Century Medical display.  (0321)  $250



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