Lancets with cases, circa 1790 -1830

Lancets with cases, circa 1790 -1830

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Caption: Two lancets with their cases. The smaller lancet (left) dates from around 1790 and the larger (right), from around 1830. Both lancets are English and made from steel (blade) and tortoiseshell (handle). Their cases are made from leather. Lancets are double edged surgical blades with a pointed end. These instruments were used to open patient's veins for 'bloodletting'. This was a common practice in medicine until the late nineteenth century and was believed to 'treat' a range of ailments by removing surplus bodily 'humours' (fluids within the body).

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