Surgical instruments and cases, English, 1650-1700.
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The cases are made of silver mounted shagreen (fish skin), two of them bearing the arms of the Barber Surgeons' Company. One of the cases belonged to Dr Shumatt about 1685. 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, used for opening veins for blood letting. The various sizes and shapes of lancet were used on veins of different sizes or locations.