Four Fleams, Scalpels or Bistouris for Blood-Letting

Four Fleams, Scalpels or Bistouris for Blood-Letting


Four Fleams or Bistouris for Blood-Letting.
Ferras, Toulouse.
Four Fleams, Scalpels or Bistouris for Blood-Letting
Déposé "au Louvre"
Bourgoin sr de Virtel



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Categories: Medicine, Quack Medicine, Surgical instruments, Therapeutic & Functional Aids, Other Medical Antiques


Four Fleams, Scalpels or Bistouris for Blood-Letting or other medical use.

Ferras, Toulouse: A very nice set of 4 blades, each signed. Protected in brass lined black horn sheath. Minor damage to the horn on one side.

Déposé “au Louvre”: Possibly by Langlois, who used the address “aux galeries du Louvre”, though the only markings are “déposé” on the 3 bistouri blades, and “Au Louvre Paris” on the hardwood handle.

Bourgoin sr de Virtel: Nice, single blade fleam with hardwood handle. I think it says “sr de Virtel”, which would mean “successor to Virtel”

Unsigned: Small and attractively shaped blade between dark horn plates. Minor damae to horn


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FR Toby Whitfeld

Toby Whitfeld

I first started selling vintage cameras in Camden Town, London in 1981, then moved to Portobello Rd in 1985, where I started adding scientific instruments to my stock. I also exhibited at the Scientific Instrument Fair in London in the 1990's, but left the UK to live in Southern France in the year 2000. I started trading again in 2009, and since then I have been sourcing items in France and UK for clients here in Perpignan and back in UK.

I have one or two items for sale on my website

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