This was the tool that Barbers used to do bloodletting with.
Barbering is one of the oldest professions going back six thousand years. A barber, back in the day, performed other things besides cutting hair and shaving. It was common for a barber to pull a tooth or surgically do a bloodletting. They were known then, as Barber Surgeons.
To learn more visit my blog post on The Barber and the Barber Pole.
If you are interested in old barber and hairdressing tools visit my Photo Museum of Hair History
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