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.
- Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
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overall: 76 mm x 37 mm x 19 mm, .106 kg
- furnishing and equipment
- tools & equipment
- medical instrument
- Loan, Wellcome Trust