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Antique Surgical Sutures Original Box Vintage Medical Emergency Pharmacy Davis and Geck

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Heat sterilized emergency kit sutures in original box: 12 glass tubes of assorted materials (silk, catgut) with half-curved needles. Box states "unaffected by age, climate, or light" but I don't recommend actually using these! Each tube also contains a metal needle, which I believe is a steel "Atraumatic" needle- see company history notes* below. Apothecary bottle shown is not included, but is listed for sale separately here:

The box has been opened, but otherwise the product is as it was manufactured with all 12 tubes present and unused. There is a stock number on the box. Box is 3 and 1/4 inches tall, 4 and 1/2 wide, 1/2 inch thick. Condition of the BOX is Good- has been opened, so seal is broken; there is a 1/2" punched hole/tear on back; a bit of light surface foxing, mostly to the underside; also some heavy age darkening to the underside of the box top (please see photos); otherwise clean. Condition of the glass vials and sleeves is excellent.

Circa 1920s, Davis & Geck, Brooklyn, NY, USA; product 900; trademarks Kalmerid, Kal-dermic

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*The following is a quote from Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center: "In 1909, the year that the Davis and Geck Company was founded, most hospitals were sterilizing their own catgut sutures, frequently through the use of a chemical solution. The process was imperfect, and frequently resulted in infections or operative delays. In 1913 the Davis and Geck Company introduced the Calustro-thermal process for the heat sterilization of suture tubes after the sutures were sealed inside. This provided hospitals with a reliable product, and saved time in the operating room as well. In 1922, Davis and Geck began to market Atraumatic needles, which were eyeless needles that had the sutures directly attached to the needle." The company later became a subsidiary of American Cyanamid, and was ultimately sold to the Tyco corporation.

Antique Surgical Sutures Original Box Vintage Medical Emergency Pharmacy Davis and Geck


  • Vintage item from the 1920s
  • Materials: glass, steel, catgut
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