Original Civil War Period Blood Letting Fleam With Case Certified By The Gettysburg Museum Of History. Blood letting was a medical practice used through out the 18th and most of the 19th centuries. It was thought that eliminating some of the diseased or bad blood would help to quicken the healing process.
Most devices resembled small pocket knives and were known as fleams. They were used to make small and efficient cuts on the body or even intentionally cutting into a vain to cause bleeding. The bad blood was caught in little bowls designed especially for the purpose and then the collected blood was discarded as waste. A 19th century spring loaded brass and steel Fleam, with it’s original leather maker marked case. In good condition. A fascinating Civil War period medical item. 100% guaranteed to be authentic Gettysburg Museum certified, museum COA provided. Also note when browsing our web site there are several pages of items, at the bottom of the list look for other page numbers.