Cupping set, 19th century

Cupping set, 19th century

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Caption: Cupping set dating from around the year 1860, England. This set comprises of four cups and two brass and steel scarificators, complete with a morocco leather case. This set would have been used in a procedure called 'wet cupping', a form of bloodletting used in the nineteenth century to 'treat' a range of ailments by removing surplus bodily 'humours' (fluids within the body).

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Keywords: 1800s, 1860, 1860s, 19th century, antique, apparatus, blood letting, bloodletting, blue background, brass, cup, cupping, cups, equipment, historical, history, medical, medical instrument collection, medicine, nineteenth century, scarification, scarificator, scarificators, steel, surgery, surgical, wet cupping

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