Brass scarificator with twelve blades, Europe, 1801-1900

Made:
1801-1900 in Europe
maker:
Unknown

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Brass scarificator, with 12 lancets, in case, 19th century, with three sets of blades. Three quarter view. White
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Brass scarificator, with 12 lancets, in case, 19th century. Three quarter view. White background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Brass scarificator, with 12 lancets, in case, 19th century. Close-up of blades. Three quarter view. White background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Brass scarificator, with 12 lancets, in case, 19th century. Scarificators were used in bloodletting, a once popular
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© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Brass scarificator, with 12 lancets, in case, 1801-1900

Scarificators were used in bloodletting, a once popular treatment prescribed for a range of medical conditions, usually in combination with cupping. This brass device has twelve lancets operated by a spring released trigger. Skill was needed to make sure that the blade did not cut too deep into the body. Once the skin was cut, a special rounded glass cup could be applied over the wound. When warmed, it would help draw the blood out at a faster rate.

The scarificator was introduced in the late 1600s, but they reached the peak of their sophistication and usage in the 1800s.

Details

Category:
Therapeutics
Object Number:
A606696
Materials:
case, leather, covered, case, velvet, lined, case, wood, scarificator, brass, scarificator, steel
type:
scarificator
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • medical instrument
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • medical instrument

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