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Scarificators appeared in the early 1700s and were used for blood letting. The lever on top of the brass box releases a set of blades that snap out of the slits on the base providing a standardized depth and length of cut. This model has twelve blades- the most common number. It was owned by Dr. James Haller who practiced in Middletown, Ohio, in the 1840s and 1850s, and was a surgeon with General Sherman's Army in the U.S. Civil War.
Date: between 1820 and 1900
Item Number: 209973
KSHS Identifier: 1969.34.4
Business and Industry - Occupations/Professions - Physicians
Collections - Museum
Date - 1840s
Date - 1854-1860
Date - 1861-1869
Military - Service - Army - Surgeons
Military - Wars - Civil War
Objects and Artifacts - Tools & Equipment for Science & Technology - Medical & Psychological - Scarificator
Places - Other States - Ohio
Type of Material - Objects and Artifacts