Three spring fleam/lancets, cased, possibly Germany, 1701–18

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Three spring fleam/lancets, cased, possibly Germany, 1701–18. These lancets are unusual as they appear in a set of three and are decorated with an engraved quill design. Lancets were used in bloodletting – a practice once carried out to treat a wide range of diseases and medical conditions. This automatic type of lancet works by the blade being swiftly released to cut into a vein by means of a spring mechanism. Much depended on the skill and experience of the operator in determining the depth of the cut. Automatic lancet. Contributors: Science Museum, London. Work ID: d537czhj.

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