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Antique Medical Lancets in Sterling Silver Etui, Georgian, London, 1830, Tortoise Shell - Tortoiseshell
I've acquired 2 wonderful Georgian to very early Victorian era lancet sets, complete with the original small pocket case 'etui', and will be listing both today. This one is superb, and is nearly unscathed by time or use. The 3 steel 'bleeding' blades remain very sharp, the hinged 'fold-back' handles/covers are also in fine condition as is the etui, itself. A superb find for anyone interested in science, medical history or implements, or veterinarian science. This set may well have been carried on battlefields, (circa 1830 - French patents entered for a mechanical 'sewing machine'; England patented a lawn mower; and USA President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act, banishing Cherokee and other Eastern tribes from their homes to lands west of the Mississippi, while the first railway station opened in the USA in Baltimore. And it was the same year Simon Bolivar died in disappointment and regret that Spain did not allow citizens of its American colonies to self-govern as had the Brits). I always think it's interesting to put these old treasures into a context of time. People were still being 'bled' to remove illness, imagine! This set surely was one that was well used, and you see perhaps the corrosion of iron and trace metals in blood there on the steel blade - or, perhaps it might have been a treasured and unused set marking a graduation or early establishment of a medical practice. One lancet is missing, but the 3 that remain are fabulous! These are more and more rare to find, particularly complete, unscathed (for the most part) by time.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type. The lancets are original and fit perfectly into the original recessed fittings, and it is nearly perfect in all maner without dents or damage to hinge or clasp. A very slight ripple 'push' perhaps, nothing more. None finer! The English hallmarks tell us it was made in London during 1830 and likely either by Thomas Headland or Thomas Hyde (TH). One need only add back a single lancet. These have become so rare!
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