Aside from the usual array of commercial vendors... Over the years Ive found more instruments mixed amongst piles of tools and silverware at various antique and collectors shops than came with capital kits. We all have found kits that are frequently missing the bone roungers, scalpes and such. These frequently being used by great grandma to prune her rose bushes and get separated from the kit. These wayward items can turn up in unlikely places. Over time get mixed in with other articles because their true identity and purpose being lost with time. Ive found bullet forceps, bone roungers, catlin knives, and even a nice metacarpel hays saw in this fashion amongst piles of unlikely related fodder.
If you havent already I would highly recommend further research to be better able to identify what is and isnt period medical items. Never completely trust the label or claims that someone on ebay or the local antique mart has put on something. Tons of obvious post-war, modern and totally unrelated tool items out there being tagged as civil war medical something, that isnt. I started collecting period medical items over 30 years ago long before Ed Archer and his reproduction goods came along into the market. Back at that time ones only option was the originial. Prices at that time were still reasonable and obtainable. At that time the collector market for medical items was still far behind the usual buckle & button collector values. It took awhile for the medical to catch up into the mainstream of artifact collecting. But you can still find some good things out there obtainable if you have a good eye for it.
Lieut Frederick Sineath
14th Virginia Infantry Regt Co.I
- 106th Penna Vol Co.F