Antique horn handled twin bladed fleam
The practice of blood-letting as a treatment goes back through the ages, perhaps as a medical treatment for humans and animals for at least a thousand years. The technique of bleeding often involved puncturing a major vein such as the jugular, with a sharpened tool, hit briskly with a stick. Many of the tools ranged from thorns to specifically designed and fashioned metal blades – commonly referred to as a Fleam. This example is a Victorian two bladed Fleam with the blades being made of steel and held within horn covered brass bolsters by a birds-eye rivet at the rotation point. As can be seen one of the blades has chipped and addressing this has been resisted in the belief that it is part of the Fleam’s history and journey - would however be able to be refashioned if the new owner chose to do so. The Fleam measures 3 ¼” (83mm) in length with the blades tucking into the handle and there is a maximum depth of 1 1/16” (27mm) at the broadest point of the handle. The maker is clearly marked on the blades as Lockwood Brothers of Sheffield, renowned cutlers and electroplaters. Postage will be determined at point of sale and is a cost to the buyer. We determine costs to each item as opposed to having regional postage charges to ensure that our charges are accurate and fair.
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