Bloodletting : A Cure or a Curse
Object ID Number:
eh10r27
Object Name:
fleam
Manufactured from:
1791
Manufactured to:
1860
Description / History:
Set of two fleams: one with brass casing and one with bone casing. Fleams were used to cut through the skin in order to start the bloodletting process. This particular style of fleam was used as a veterinary tool, although it is possible they were also used on people. It wouldn't be unheard of for a doctor in the country to make a home visit and check both the patient and the patient's animal.
The company name "Borwick" is engraved into both fleams. Borwick was a surgical equipment manufacturer in England from 1791 to 1860 and was founded by Roger Borwick.
Dimensions:
H-2 W-1.5 L-1.5 inches
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