Surgical instrument case and instruments, English, 1650-1700.
3 3 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 25cm

Surgical instrument case and instruments, English, 1650-1700.

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Description

The case is made of silver mounted shagreen (fish skin), bearing the arms of the Barber Surgeons' Company. The instruments consist of scisors, a tongue depresor, forceps, probes, and lancets. The double-edged blades of the lancets are placed between tortoise-shell covers with inverted screws, they were used for opening veins for blood letting. The various sizes and shapes of lancet were used on veins of different sizes or locations.
 

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