Dating c. 1780-1830, this beautifully preserved pair of surgical lancets remain housed in their original small traveler's etui, covered in shagreen (skin of the stingray). The lancets were used for bleeding a patient, which was a popular method of removing 'vapours' within the blood, and considered the best treatment for any number of ailments. Think how medicine has changed in 200 years!
Very good condition. The outer covering of the etui has a bit of age showing, but considering age and type, it's in quite fine condition. Abrasions on the old fine scaled leather, and none of it torn away from the etui entirely, which we very often see in these old ones. The lancets each remain quite sharp, and the long fold-and guard/handle pieces remain free of damage, or chips or bug bites. One in mottled chocolate/cognac shell and the other in blond shell, a code to the user as to which blade to reach for.