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Scarificators and blades, circa 1800

Scarificators and blades, circa 1800

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Three multi-bladed scarificators, with spare blades. Scarificators such as these were 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. These instruments, dating from around 1800, are made in England from brass and steel and are pictured with their original cases.

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