Early doctor’s ‘bloodletting’ tool, lancet, tortoiseshell & steel, THAMM of Berlin, 19th century

$125.00 AUD

Early doctor’s ‘bloodletting’ tool, the double tortoiseshell sheath hinging to reveal very sharp leaf-shape blade, inscribed ‘THAMM’
19th century

6cm, blade 5cm
minor marks to blade & tip rounded, still surgical sharpness….

J. Thamm is recorded as a medical instrument maker in Berlin in the 19th century; the firm was still active WWII times but disappears afterwards.
These were used to make the cut for a ‘bleed’, thought to solve all sorts of medical issues – the reality being it probably made the patient worse!

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