A medical kit you're sure to want, Dr.. This is a late 1700s shagreen (stingray leather) etui (case) which holds the old original set of lancets to 'bleed' a patient who is ill. Yes, it was accepted science then that a sick person had 'humours' in the blood, and releasing blood could help them heal. Questionable science, and lots of sick people just went on about their dying. But no medical person would be without his very sharp lancets. The case is tiny, light, a vest pocket type of thing. Going into battle, or for travel, or as was done then, to the home of the person who was ill - essential tools. The handles are hinged to the blade and swing into place to cover it protectively, or to open and become the handle when in use. I've shown you In the photos.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type. Shell has no bug bites, no breaks to that fine old pair, one in chocolate colored tortoise shell and the other in blond. The outer case has imperfections of age. Tip of one of the still-sharp lancet blades is broken off. Hinge and pushbutton clasp both in fine working order. Measurements noted on our photos.
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