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Surgical instrument set with case, England, 1650-1700

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This case bears the Barber-Surgeon’s Company coat of arms on the lid and inside the case, indicating that the owner was a member of the guild. The instrument case contains scissors, tongue depressor, forceps, a scoop, scraper and seven lancets. The case is covered in shagreen (stained fish skin) and has silver decoration. The double-edged lancets have tortoiseshell covers which are hinged with screws. These were used to open the veins in bloodletting. The various blades were used on an assortment of veins in different locations around the body. maker: Unknown maker Place made: England, United Kingdom

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