An amputation and dissection post-mortem set by Reiner in Vienne, c. 1850

An amputation and dissection post-mortem set by Reiner in Vienne, c. 1850




Countries of manufacture

Germany, Other

Categories: Medicine, Diagnostics, Surgical instruments


An early amputation and dissection surgical set for the autopsy or post-mortem surgery bearing the unusual signature of “Reiner Wien”.

We can attribute this set to Friedrich Reiner who worked during the first half and the middle of the 19th century in Vienna. His son was Carl Reiner, whose company still manufactures medical instruments today.


This post mortem set is particularly well preserved and the models before the years 1880-1890 are rare.

It includes two trays :

-The upper tray contains: an amputation saw, five scalpels, two pairs of classic scissors, a pair of enterotomy scissors, a long flat knife called brain knife, a strong cartilage knife and two strong scalpel in metal.

The lower tray contains : a large hammer with an handle in horn, a large and powerful forceps, a saw with two long blades for neurosurgery built from the shorter model of Hey, a powerful curved knife in the shape of an axe, and a chisel or large rugine.


Note two small lacks.


An unusual set with rare instruments that are rarely found in autopsy or post-mortem surgery boxes.

The leather box lined with blue velvet measures 43x18x6.5 cm

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