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WORLD WAR ONE US NAVY MEDICAL DEPARTMENT FIELD SURGICAL INSTRUMENT POUCH – CARRIED BY THE NAVY SURGEONS ATTACHED TO THE US MARINE CORPS WHILE IN THE FORWARD POSITIONS WITH THE MARINES – A SCARCE “LIKE NEW” WELL MARKED COMPLETE SET:  This World War One era US Navy Medical Officer’s Instrument Pouch has survived in excellent condition with all of the original instruments intact and showing little if any use.  Larger than the Medical Officer’s Belt Instrument Pouch, this pouch, measuring 7” long was intended for the medical officer to carry in his pocket while on the front lines or when advancing with the Marines into a forward area.   

This pouch is equipped with a fairly comprehensive set of instruments – three scalpels and a retractor in a steel case, two pair of scissors, a pair of tweezers, a set of forceps, an additional scalpel, a second smaller retractor, two packages of scalpel blades, and a packet of sutures, all sealed.  These basic instruments equipped the doctor to provide immediate life saving care to the wounded Marine before he was evacuated to the battalion aid station or field hospital. 

This pouch is in excellent condition, with a legible “MEDICAL DEPARTMENT US NAVY” ink stamped on the front cover, and the maker’s identification stamped on the inside of the cover.   The exterior of the pouch shows some soiling from being carried, but the web body and binding are all intact with no wear points or heavy staining.  The interior of the pouch is quite clean.  The closing buttons retain all of their brown “OD” colored enamel finish and both snaps function properly.   

The instruments are in excellent condition showing little sign of use, all having an overall bright finish with only very minor spotting, no heavy corrosion and no damage.  Most of the instruments are marked with the maker’s name or “U.S.N.” as can be seen below in the photographs.     

Far smaller in size than the US Army Medical Department, the US Navy Medical Department served in the field with the US Marines in France, and the number of these instrument sets was much smaller than those produced for the Army.  In addition, due to the utilitarian nature of these sets, it is quite likely they were taken into the doctors’ civilian practices after the war and were consumed through the years of use on his rounds – which probably adds to their scarcity today.  This is an excellent set to add to a World War One Medical collection, particularly a collection focused on the Marine Corps of World War One.  SOLD


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