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Pewter bleeding bowl, 19th century

Pewter bleeding bowl, 19th century

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English pewter bleeding bowl dating from around 1800. Bleeding bowls such as this one were used to collect blood drained from the body during bloodletting procedures. Bloodletting was commonly believed to 'treat' a wide range of ailments in the nineteenth century by removing surplus bodily 'humours' which were thought to cause disease.

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