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Bowl originally on three legs, England, 1701-1870

Collected from a barber-surgeon’s premises, this brass bowl may have been used over a stove to heat liquids such as alcohol.

Object number:

A632258

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Glossary: bowl

A round deep basin used for food or liquid

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.