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WORLD WAR ONE US ARMY MEDICAL DEPARTMENT FIELD SURGICAL INSTRUMENT POUCH – CARRIED BY THE MEDICAL OFFICER WHILE IN THE FORWARD POSITIONS WITH THE SOLDIERS – A SCARCE “LIKE NEW” WELL MARKED COMPLETE SET:  This World War One era US Army 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 troops into a forward area.  

The five instruments – two scalpels, a pair of scissors, a retractor, and a cone shaped tube probably intended to relieve a wound to the lungs – were the basic instruments necessary for the doctor to provide immediate life saving care to the wounded soldier before he was evacuated to the battalion aid station or field hospital.   

This pouch is in excellent condition, with a legible “US” ink stamped on the front cover.  There is what appears to be a name written in ink along the inside of the edge binding of the cover.  The pouch is clean with no wear points to the web body or the contrasting binding, and only a very minor line of dots of some stain on the back of the pouch.  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 a bright finish with no corrosion and no damage.   

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 accounts for their scarcity today.  This is an excellent set to add to a World War One Medical collection.  SOLD


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