Bloodletting : A Cure or a Curse
Object ID Number:
EH10451
Object Name:
Lancet
Date of Manufacture:
– 19th to 20th Century
Manufactured from:
1720
Manufactured to:
1900
Description / History:
Set of two brass, intricately designed lancets in a square leather box with red felt interior. The name engraved on the top of the box, unfortunetly, is illegible. The spring lancet was used to make a quick incision in a vein by pulling the level back a releasing the fleam. Although quick and efficient, these spring devices often made cuts either too small or two big, and it was not uncommon for there to be an injury to the nerve or tendon. A severed artery, unfortunetly, was also not an uncommon occurence.
Dimensions:
W–2.75 L–3 inches
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