Set of Blood-Letting knives

Set of Blood-Letting knives

Included in Collections: Industrial / Tain Burgh

Object Description

The set consists of two steel blades with long narrow shafts and triangular heads. Each shaft has a small hole at the end to fit over a retaining pin in the brass holder/handle. A spring mechanism holds and releases the blade. The wooden case is covered with leather and lined with red velvet. The top is tooled with a decoration of thistles and is dated 1773. The knives may have been used by Hugh McFarquhar, a doctor in Tain from 1744 to 1794.

Cat No. 1105
Collections Industrial / Tain Burgh
Date added May 29th, 2021
Added by Tain & District Museum

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