Amputation Saw: Butcher’s Bow Saw

Amputation Saw: Butcher’s Bow Saw


Amputation Saw


Length: 12



Country of manufacture

North America

Category: Surgical instruments


A very good example of a Butcher’s  Bow Saw, which  first introduced  in 1851 by Dr. Richard G.H. Butcher (1816-1891), a renowned Dublin surgeon. What makes the Butcher’s saw distinctive is that the blade can be rotated to cut at any angle. It was used by Union and Confederate surgeons during the American Civil War. This example, by  Shepard & Dudley of NY,  dates from the 1870s–it is identical, however,  to those in use during the 1850s and 60s. Metal has darkened a bit but overall in nice original condition with checkered ebony handles.

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US M and R Gordon

Michael and Roberta Gordon have been dealing in medical and dental antiques for more than four decades. They have helped build a number of major private collections and have contributed to the holdings of many museums. They also deal in other scientific and technology related items, including calculating instruments, office machines, patent models and wine-related accessories such as corkscrews. ROBERTA GORDON IS A SKILLED RESTORER WHO CAN HELP YOU WITH ANY INSTRUMENTS AND CASES THAT NEED ATTENTION. Feel free to contact them for details at: or 718-623-6777