Sixteen blade scarificator, circa 1800

Sixteen blade scarificator, circa 1800

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Caption: This nineteenth century surgical instrument comprises of sixteen spring-loaded lancets and was used to create wounds on the surface of the skin, principally for wet cupping procedures. Cupping is a form of bloodletting used to 'treat' a range of ailments. This instrument, pictured in it's original fishskin case was made in England by Thompson and dates from around the year 1800.

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