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STRANGE MEDICAL DEVICES - BARBER-SURGEON'S CASE - FRANCE - 1715 - 1830

Barber-surgeon's case, France, 1715-1830

A barber-surgeon's job went way beyond shaving and cutting hair. They also performed simple surgery, such as bloodletting, and treated minor wounds and injuries.

Some of the tools of the barber's trade served a dual purpose. This silk-lined oak case contains 20 shaving accessories, including an assortment of glass and pewter bottles to carry and heat water, and porcelain cups and brushes to apply shaving soap and cream to the face.

It also contains two cutthroat razors. The razors would have been ideal for opening veins while the shaving bowl, with detachable chin plate, could have been used to catch the blood.
 

STRANGE MEDICAL DEVICES - BARBER-SURGEON'S CASE - FRANCE - 1715 - 1830






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