This is an absolutely awesome blood letting tool. Mid 19th century. Made of bone, and approximately 5″, it is marked “Rodgers – Cutters To Her Majesty.”
Bloodletting (or blood-letting) is the withdrawal of blood from a patient to cure or prevent illness and disease. Bloodletting was based on an ancient system of medicine in which blood and other bodily fluids were regarded as “humors” that had to remain in proper balance to maintain health.
It is claimed to have been the most common medical practice performed by surgeons from antiquity until the late 19th century, a span of almost 2,000 years.