17th Century Iron Fleam

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An antique hand forged iron fleam with a twisted stem and serpentine turned handle which would have been used for blood-letting

These instruments are notoriously difficult to date because like so many effective tools which were fit for purpose their design changed little over many centuries. The appearance of this instrument are certainly in keeping with a 17th century date but it could just as well be 16th century or older still.

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