Location:Rochester, New York,
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Item:332917209043Leather instrument wallet from early 20th century, probably around WWI. No instruments. According to James Edmonson's American Surgical Instruments (1997), Haussmann did business in Chicago under earlier names beginning in 1876, but as Haussmann & Dunn Co. starting in 1892 on Madison St., then moved to 107 S. Clark St. in 1898. They used at least 3 addresses on S. Clark Street. Initially, I was unable to determine the date of a 788 S. Clark St. address, however, the address on this item's label actually reads 708 S. Clark St., and there is internet evidence that that they did business there at least from 1911 to 1921; it appears that the company closed around 1935. Folded up as in photo 2, this case is 7.5 x 4.5 x 1.75 inches. Unfolded completely, as in photo 1, it measures 19.25 (including the clasp) x 15.5 inches. There are a few features not shown in the photos: 1) There is a large three-sided fold open pocket under the instrument section closest to the clasp. Typically this was used for needles and suture material. 2) the panels on 2 of the 3 instrument sections can be lifted to provide a holding place for notecards & the like, 3) the third section, intended to hold sharply pointed instruments like scalpels, has two protective brown panels (see photo 7) to prevent the case from scarring; though these were often made from cork sheeting, in this case, they appear to be made from split brown leather. The panel holding the loops for the scalpels in this section is hinged at one end; the revealed underside is completely covered in a pebble grained split leather. There are loops to hold 22 instruments. I have not repaired this item at all, nor cleaned it. Personally, I would, if I were planning to keep it. It is not dirty, but could be cleaned & polished, to transform it from showing nicely into a showpiece, if one is not a purist. Tacking the small lifted leather flaps using archival PVA adhesive (book glue) from Lineco (or others) would work nicely & the repair would remain flexible (unlike using Elmer's), if a bidder were interested in refurbishing this item. Small plastic spring clamps to hold the repair overnight, using little squares of wax paper under the clamp jaws and not over-gluing are helpful tips. Black Meltonian would be ideal for a polish, but Kiwi paste could also work well. Regarding the instrument loops that have pulled free: these could be left alone, or tacked down with PVA, or restitched. Restitching would be the best restoration: this could be done professionally by your old-time shoe repair person, or by you, using a needle, heavy thread, & thimble, by simply placing 2-3 tacking stitches at each site.Condition:Case is complete with significant usage wear and minor areas of lifting as shown in photos. No missing pieces, no tearing of instrument loops, no torn hinges (just worn). Six of the 32 stitch lines forming the instrument loops have separated. Shows nicely., Maker:Haussmann & Dunn Co., Chicago
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Antique ~100 yr old Leather Surgical Instrument Pocket Case Haussman & Dunn