An 18th Century antique brass bleeding bowl, offered for sale with an associated four-bladed steel-and-brass blood letting fleam.
Often referred to as a “barbers bowl”, given the smaller characteristics of the basin, it is highly likely that this was used as a bleeding bowl rather than for shaving. Barber-Surgeons used these bowls for both purposes.
Made of a single sheet of brass with a central hammered basin.
Although polished at the front, the back retains it original patination built up over the centuries!
The fleam comprises four steel blades sheathed with a brass handle. Each blade bears the inscription “Bath” with the symbols of a star and crescent.
Condition – Bowl – the original hanger is missing hence the small punched hole where this was once fixed. A small fatigued area of brass is noted approx 2cm (3/4″) long This bowl is in excess of 250 years old and still displays very well.
Fleam – In very good order as per the images.
A further detailed condition report is available upon request.
Size: Bowl – Diameter 25.4 cm (10″) / Fleam (with blades closed) – Length 9cm (3 1/2″)
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