Decorative mother-of-pearl case for lancets

Made:
1803-1847 in London
maker:
William Smith
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Lancets in mother-of-pearl and silver case. Graduated black perspex background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Lancets in mother of pearl case, England, 1750-1850. Lancets were generally used to open veins during bloodletting, a
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Lancets in mother of pearl case, England, 1750-1850. Lancets were generally used to open veins during bloodletting, a
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

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.

Details

Category:
Therapeutics
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A190615 Pt4
Materials:
felt ?, mother-of-pearl, silver (metal), steel (metal), tortoiseshell and velvet
Measurements:
Case fully open: 91 mm x 57 mm x 14 mm, 0.43 kg
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type:
lancet case and lancets
credit:
Loan, Wellcome Trust