Surgical instrument case and instruments, 1650- 1700, English. The case is made of silver mounted shagreen (fish skin), bearing the arms of the Barber Surgeons’ Company. The instruments consist of scissors, a tongue depressor, forceps, probes, and lancets. The double-edged blades of the lancets are placed between tortoise-shell covers with inverted screws, they were used for opening veins for blood letting. The various sizes and shapes of lancet were used on veins of different sizes or locations.
Two arms hinged and closed by a screw nut form an
oval-like ring, accompanied by the serrated teeth of two longer arms. The
penis was kept out of harm’s way by insertion through the oval, while
the teeth sliced away the skin between the scrotum and the body.