993.7.1: Scarificator, 1842-1857

Additional Images

993.7.1: Scarificator.
Image No. 2063 ; Photographer: Helen Kingsley

Object Description

Lacquered octagonal 8 blade scarificator. The lever handle on the top is used to release the spring-loaded blades. The screw mechanism in the center top adjusts the cutting depth and the side button is a locking device. The makers mark 'BIGG' is engraved on one side and 'LONDON' on the opposite side. The two top screws are missing.

Object Classification

Accession Number: 993.7.1
Collection: Therapeutics
Date: 1842-1857

Object Dimensions

  • Length: 5.5 cm
  • Height: 6.5 cm
  • Width: 4.5 cm

Object Parts

Object Materials

  • brass,
  • lacquer,
  • steel

Acquisition Detail

  • Manufacturer: Bigg
  • Owner: Dr. H.W. Booth
  • History of Use: Phlebotomy instrument. Used in conjunction w/ cupping apparatus for bloodletting.