Cupping set

Made:
1860-1875 in London
maker:
S Maw & Son
Brass scarificator with 12 lancets and cupping set, in wooden case, by S. Maw, London, 1860-1930. Front three quarter Brass scarificator with 12 lancets and cupping set, in wooden case, by S. Maw, London, 1860-1930. Front three quarter

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Brass scarificator with 12 lancets and cupping set, in wooden case, by S. Maw, London, 1860-1930. Front three quarter
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Brass scarificator with 12 lancets and cupping set, in wooden case, by S. Maw, London, 1860-1930. Front three quarter
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Cupping set, in wooden case, by S. Maw, London, 1860-1930

Cupping was a method of bloodletting – a practice once carried out to treat a wide range of diseases and medical conditions. Warm glass cups were placed on the skin to draw blood believed to be harmful to health to the surface of the skin. In wet cupping, the blood was released from the body using a lancet or scarificator (a set of spring-operated lancets). The set was made by S Maw & Son, a surgical instrument maker based in London.

Details

Category:
Therapeutics
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A86336
Materials:
brass, case, wood and velvet, lined
type:
cupping set
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • medical instrument
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • medical instrument
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • medical instrument
credit:
Gift of Mr. Suckling