FLORAL DECORATED SPRING FLEAM, c. early 19th century, stamped “F.D.” outside and engraved “XV” inside. This attractively decorated bleeding device is made of brass with shaped steel blade, spiral cocking spring, and spring-loaded trigger release. Measuring 2-1/4″ (5.7 cm) overall, it is in fine functional condition, noting some surface oxidation to the steel.
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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.