Brass scarificator with twelve blades

Made:
1801-1900 in Europe
Brass scarificator, with 12 lancets, in case, 19th century, with three sets of blades. Three quarter view. White Brass scarificator, with 12 lancets, in case, 19th century. Three quarter view. White background. Brass scarificator, with 12 lancets, in case, 19th century. Close-up of blades. Three quarter view. White background. Brass scarificator, with 12 lancets, in case, 19th century.
      
      Scarificators were used in bloodletting, a once popular

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Brass scarificator, with 12 lancets, in case, 19th century, with three sets of blades. Three quarter view. White
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Brass scarificator, with 12 lancets, in case, 19th century. Three quarter view. White background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Brass scarificator, with 12 lancets, in case, 19th century. Close-up of blades. Three quarter view. White background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Brass scarificator, with 12 lancets, in case, 19th century. Scarificators were used in bloodletting, a once popular
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Brass scarificator, with 12 lancets, in case, 1801-1900

Scarificators were used in bloodletting, a once popular treatment prescribed for a range of medical conditions, usually in combination with cupping. This brass device has twelve lancets operated by a spring released trigger. Skill was needed to make sure that the blade did not cut too deep into the body. Once the skin was cut, a special rounded glass cup could be applied over the wound. When warmed, it would help draw the blood out at a faster rate.

The scarificator was introduced in the late 1600s, but they reached the peak of their sophistication and usage in the 1800s.

Details

Category:
Therapeutics
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A606696
Materials:
case, leather, covered, case, velvet, lined, case, wood, scarificator, brass and scarificator, steel
type:
scarificator
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • medical instrument
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • medical instrument