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US ARMY MEDICAL DEPARTMENT SUTURE THREAD SPOOL:  A real find for the medical collectors is this US Army Medical Department issue spool of Surgical Suture Thread.  The wooden spool is plainly ink stamped on both ends - one end stamped, “SURGICAL COTTON 100 YARDS SIZE O” and the other “WHITE TWISTED NON ABSORBABLE SUTURE, NOT STERILE, CAPILLARY, GUDEBROD BROS.”.  The spool is packaged in a 1.75” GI issue paper board cube, the cube having only four sides, no top or bottom and the cube and spool are encased in cellophane.  Printed on the paper cube are the government stock number, and a full description of the contents as shown in the photo. These were found in an old warehouse in Chicago in an original US Army shipping crate dated to World War II and are guaranteed original.  Gudebrod Bros. Silk Thread Company is listed as being in business in New York City in The Thomas Register of American Manufacturers Buyer’s Guide of 1905.  I think it would be safe to say that this company was probably supplying suture thread in that time frame as well, and as such, this spool would be appropriate for a World War One display as well.  These early US Army medical supplies are getting harder to find as time passes and this is a great opportunity to add to your WWI or WWII medical display.  $10



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