Spring Lancet

Description (Brief)
Bloodletting is one of medicines oldest therapies. Hundreds of devices have been devised for removing blood from the body beginning with lancets chiseled from flint. This device is a spring lancet with a steel blade, handle or spring, and a round trigger button. As the handle is pulled back the iron cock locks the blade in place. When the button is depressed the blade is released. The spring lancet is housed in a wooden case covered in leather and lined with chamois.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
spring lancet
date made
19th century
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
steel (overall material)
leather (overall material)
wood (overall material)
chamois (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 2.1 cm x 7.1 cm x 3.7 cm; 13/16 in x 2 13/16 in x 1 7/16 in
ID Number
1991.0664.0989
accession number
1991.0664
collector/donor number
SAP 1077
catalog number
1991.0664.0989.01
1991.0664.0989.02
subject
Pharmacy
Bloodletting
See more items in
Medicine and Science: Medicine
Health & Medicine
European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Related Publication
Urdang, George and Ferdinand William Nitardy. The Squibb Ancient Pharmacy: A Catalogue of the Collection

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