Six lancets and a silver carrying case

Made:
1750-1850 in England
maker:
Unknown

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Six lancets, steel blade, in tortoiseshell sheath, various makers, in silver case, English, 1750-1850

These lancets were used for bloodletting, illustrated by the scene engraved on to the silver carrying case. Bloodletting was once a popular technique used to treat a whole range of medical complaints. Each of the six steel lancets has a tortoiseshell covering to protect the blades from damage and keep them sharp, as well as providing a handle for the user.

These were valued tools for medical practitioners and were often carried in expensive cases such as this one.

Details

Category:
Therapeutics
Object Number:
A647881
Materials:
case, silver, steel, tortoiseshell
type:
lancet
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • medical instrument
credit:
Loan, Wellcome Trust

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