Lancet Set


Physical Description

Green sharkskin with silver trim. Thumb lancet inside.

General History

There was a vast array of hardware associated with bloodletting, but the most common item used was a lancet. A lancet was a small, sharp, two-edged knife. Using a lancet required much skill as one false move could cut a nerve or tendon.

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Exhibition: Price of Freedom

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1977.0789.36Catalog Number: 1977.0789.36Accession Number: 1977.0789

Object Name: Lancet, SetOther Terms: Lancet, Set; Bloodletting Instruments; Thumb

Physical Description: tortoise shell (overall material)metal, steel (overall material)shagreen (overall material)metal (overall material)green (overall color)Measurements: average spatial: 7.2 cm x 5.1 cm x 2 cm; 2 13/16 in x 2 in x 13/16 in


Record Id: nmah_1152872

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