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stainless steel or nickel

Posted: Thu Oct 13, 2016 19:13
by belchi
Hello everyone,

Could you tell me if the instrument of the medical department surgery were nickel (yellow reflection) or stainless steel (blue reflection)

thxs

Re: stainless steel or nickel

Posted: Sun Oct 16, 2016 00:22
by PAdoc
Both are correct. During the early 1940s stainless steel was becoming the surgical instrument material of choice. New instruments acquired by the US military during the war years were mostly stainless. However thousands of nickle instruments were in the inventory and were used throughout the war and well past.
Hope this helps.
Dirk

Re: stainless steel or nickel

Posted: Sun Oct 16, 2016 08:16
by belchi
Hello Dirk,
thanks a lot for your answer.

Could you also tell me if the instrument were all marked "Méd. Dép"

thhxs

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Re: stainless steel or nickel

Posted: Sun Oct 16, 2016 17:46
by PAdoc
In my experience, not all were marked. Also in regards to stainless, when looking for replacements for missing instruments, be aware that while the patterns of many instruments may not have changed, small style details may have. In other words, a Mayo pattern scissors from 1941 looks different than the same pattern from 1991. So since instruments don't have dates on them, an early appearing unmarked instrument is more likely to be correct than a modern looking one marked "Med Dept USA"
That make sense?
Dirk

Re: stainless steel or nickel

Posted: Tue Oct 25, 2016 19:21
by belchi
Precisely: are there different marking USA MD? As a result, we know date objects?

thank you very much Dirk