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    Anyone know where to obtain repro tongue depressors or would I have to find an orriginal? could this be fabricated easily like bullet probes?
    D. Meister

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    Not personally aware of anyone with period reproductions. They tended to be a novelty item it appears. Only one of my many originial medical kits has one. That one dates to 1856 and is made of flat nickle/silver. Could be fairly easily reproduced using flat hobby plate metal, shaped/filed accordingly, would be lot less expensive than and risk of losing an original. More times than not the surgeon simply used a piece of cloth held between the thumb and forefinger to grasp the end of the tongue for a look-see. Good luck with it..
    Frederick Sineth
    14th Virginia Infantry Regt Co. A & I
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    - Pegrams Va Artillery


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    Did a search, found this among others. Seems stiff at $30 but at least it's actual ivory.

    http://www.yankeecollector.com/catal...24/9364987.htm

    Hope that helps. Never thought of adding a tongue depressor to a kit, yet I don't do a surgeon impression. I would be impressed to see one at a reenactment.

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    The handle of a table spoon would also do the job.
    -Elaine Kessinger

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    I have seen an original and know who hasit maybe I should borrow and try to copy it
    D. Meister

    Portraying
    Federal and Confederate Surgeons of the American Civil War Era

    Member
    Society of Civil War Surgeons

    Owner and Proprietor
    D. M. Meister Medical Purveyor
    Purveyors of replica 18th and 19th century medicines.

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