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Vase-shaped copper vessel, England, 1801-1900

This container was collected from a barber-surgeon’s premises and was possibly used for holding water or for collecting blood during bloodletting.

Object number:

A632257

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Glossary: vessel

Containers designed to serve as receptacles for a liquid or other substance, usually those of circular section and made of some durable material; especially containers of this nature in domestic use, employed in connection with the preparation or serving of food or drink, and usually of a size suitable for carrying by hand.

Glossary: bloodletting

Puncturing a vein in order to withdraw blood. A popular medical practice for over two thousand years. Bloodletting often involved withdrawing large quantities of blood in the belief that this would cure or prevent many illnesses and diseases. The practice has been abandoned for all but a few very specific conditions.