Two lancets and their case, circa 1790

Two lancets and their case, circa 1790

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Caption: Two lancets with tortoiseshell handles and their silver and fishskin case. These were made in England by Simpson of the Strand around the year 1790. Lancets are double edged surgical blades with a pointed end. These instruments were used in eighteenth century medicine to open patient's veins for 'bloodletting'.

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