Three spring fleams, British, 1750-1850.

Image number: 10287450

Three spring fleams, British, 1750-1850.

Steel spring fleams made by W Gadd. Fleams are a type of folding lancet. They were very popular, from the beginning of the 18th century onwards, for making the incision into the vein of an animal for blood letting, which was particularly common in horses. A bloodstick was used to strike the back of the fleam to force the blade into the vein.

Image number:
10287450
Credit:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
20 October 2003 12:40
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Science Museum