Three bladed fleam or bleeding device likely dating to the early 19th century. As a medical therapy, bleeding or bloodletting endured for approximately 2,500 years. It was based on an ancient system of medicine in which blood and other bodily fluids were regarded as "humours" that had to remain in proper balance to maintain health. It was only abandoned at the end of the 19th century. This example has three different sized blades that fold into a 3” horn handle. There is some chipping to the blades and light rust. A fine addition to a 19th century medical collection.
Inventory Number: MED 194 / SOLD