Rare 18th Century Brass Barber's / Bleeding Bowl

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A rare 18th century brass barber's / bleeding bowl with a rough indentation and deep bowl.

Bloodletting as a medical practice has existed for thousands of years; ancient peoples, including the Greeks and Egyptians, used bloodletting to cure numerous conditions. Bloodletting was devised as a way to correct harmful imbalances in the body. Bleeding bowls were often used to catch blood during the procedure. These came in different sizes and material, including brass, ceramic, and pewter.

This bowl is a wonderful example. Showing wear commensurate with age, it remains in a lovely original condition with a wonderful patina throughout. 


Diameter including rim: 19.5cm

Diameter of bowl only: 12cm

Height: 6cm

Weight: 220 grams



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