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Cupping set, 19th century

Cupping set, 19th century

C017/3552

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Caption

Cupping set in a brass-bound mahogany case. The set comprises of a brass syringe, scarificator and glass cups. 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. The scarificator is used to cut the skin, then the cup would be placed over the wound. A vacuum is created within the cupping vessel using a flame, the resulting suction would draw blood out of the surface of the skin through the wound. This set was made in England and dates from the year 1850.

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