Bloodletting Knife


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Basic Information

Artifact Identification Bloodletting Knife   (1936.02.0001A)
  1. Science & Technology T&E
  2. :
  3. Medical & Psychological T&E
  4. :
  5. Medical Instruments
Artist/Maker "Fischer Peter" inscribed on one side.
Geographic Location
Period/Date 18th century?
Culture N/A

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Length) 9.3 cm
Dimension 2 (Width) 4.1 cm
Dimension 3 (Depth) 2.0 cm
Weight 96 g
Measuring Remarks None
Materials Metal
Manufacturing Processes Cast, Forging
Munsell Color Information Dark Gray (N 2.75) -ns Dark Grayish Yellow ( 2.5 Y 6/4) -ns Dark Grayish Yellow (5Y 6/4) -Main body Light Gray (5Y 7.5/.5) -Metal blade Black (N 2/ 3.1% R) -Handle

Research Remarks

Published Description

"KNIVES FOR BLOODLETTING. In the eighteenth century doctors continued to use these diabolical instruments to treat almost every illness, with disastrous results. The knives are shown in their actual size." -John Buckler and John McKay, A History of Western Society, (Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1979), 633.

Description N/A
Comparanda N/A

Buckler, John, and John McKay. A History of Western Society. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1979. McKay, HIll, & Buckler, History of Western Society, p.

Artifact History

Archaeological Data N/A
Credit Line/Dedication Purchase
Reproduction no
Reproduction Information N/A

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