Heurteloup with Rotating Scarifier. C 1850

Heurteloup with Rotating Scarifier. C 1850

Stock Number: 430302 C

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Dr Baron Charles Louis Heurteloup invented an artificial leech which was named after him. to bleed sensitive areas around the eyes or temples.


Case 15,5 x 11,5 x 4,5 cm.




Dr Baron Charles Louis Heurteloup

Country of manufacture


Categories: Medicine, Surgical instruments, Other Medical Antiques


The set in original red morocco leather case consists of a brass scarifier and two artificial leech and is lined with purple velvet.

After the cut had been made the glass tube would be placed over it and the wing nut turned to create a vacuum in the tube which would draw up the blood. More commonly they have a short scarifier which works by pulling back and releasing a sprung lancet, or a string mechanism for rotating a circular knife. This one also uses a circular knife but is unusual in that the mechanism for doing so is the withdrawing or advancing the piston. One of the artificial leeches has a piece of glass broken off and there is minor damage to the rotating circular knife.

Measurements case 15,5 x 11,5 x 4,5 cm. One of the glass tubes has

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Van Leest Antiques, based in Utrecht in the Netherlands, specialises in antique scientific and medical instruments. Their collection covers mainly scientific and medical antique instruments: barometers, globes and planataria, nautical instruments, anatomical models, and pharmacy items. Toon Van Leest travels regularly in Europe and visits trade fairs, auctions, and antique dealers to collect stock and to find pieces to fulfil his clients' unusual requests.

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