Mother-of-pearl and silver case for lancets, decorated with carved figures and mother-of-pearl inlays.
Inside this mother-of-pearl case is space for four lancets. Lancets were generally used to open veins during bloodletting, a centuries old practice once used to treat a wide range of medical conditions. The owner’s name, J B Estlin, is engraved into the lid. The lancets from this set are made from steel and have protective tortoiseshell cases.
- Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
- Object Number:
- A190615 Pt4
overall: 82 mm x 35 mm x 14 mm, 0.43 kg
Case fully open: 91 mm x 57 mm x 14 mm, 0.43 kg
object weight: 0.43kg
- Loan, Wellcome Trust