EXCEPTIONAL BLEEDING SET, French, c. third quarter 19th century, by the famous Charrière of Paris. The original trade label describes Charrière, at 7 bis rue de l’Ecole de Médecine, as designated “Maker to the Civil and Military Hospitals.” The set contains 12-bladed scarificator with lacquered brass body, syringe, four blown glass bleeding cups each with syringe fitting and stopcock, and flexible cloth-bound extension hose mounting between syringe and cup. Included is even the little printed instruction sheet for maintenance and lubrication of the syringe, with its improved “Piston à double parachutes,” apparently double seals to enable the strongest suction of the piston. The cups have different sizes and shapes, one even oval. We find very similar devices illustrated in a Charrière 1867 catalogue. All is contained in the original fitted case, 10-1/2″ x 6-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ (27 x 16 x 11 cm) of finely figured French walnut (?). Condition-wise this is the best cupping set we have seen on the market, complete, with no replacements and in perfect almost new condition.
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David and Yola Coffeen both have enjoyed academic careers, as planetary astronomer and as linguist/educator. But since 1982 (yes, 1982!) they have been full-time dealers in early scientific and medical instruments, under the name Tesseract. Selling primarily by catalogue (over 100 issued so far) they also have a web presence at www.etesseract.com, and can be contacted at email@example.com.