RARE 1820s MINT UNUSED WEISS LONDON 3 PIECE LANCET SET ORIGINAL LEATHER CASE. PLEASE VISIT MY NEW WEST COAST TRADING POST STORE!IN THE UPPER RIGHT HAND CORNER OF MY LISTINGS. RARE MINT UNUSED ORGINAL POCKET LANCET SET. WITH ORIGINAL SMALL LEATHER CASED. BY ICONIC SURGICAL INSTRUMENT MAKER WEISS / LONDON. CIRCA 1820's In the 1700's and into the early 1800's, it was commonly believed that blood letting would cure many medical ailments. This misguided and unproven practice was prevalent for decades and decades before medical science became evolved enough to discount any benefit of blood letting.
In fact, it worsened any existing medical condition. Thus, it is amazing today to think that this practice was so wide spread and commonly used; and was even considered fashionable. The larger sized instruments used for blood lettings, typically 3 large blades with one end pinned at one end of a pocket case that fold inside the handle are called Fleams; and were used on horses, cattle, dogs, et al. The smaller sized instruments were used for bleeding humans, and come in a variety of sizes and shapes.Some Early pre-1850 Bowie knives have a similar lancet blade with rotating scales that fit into the pommel end of the knife, sometimes accompanied by tweezers and a needle shaped awl. Late 1700's to mid 1800s pocket knives also occasionally have a small double edged blade inserted into the handle or as a knife blade to accommodate this early fashionable trend of blood letting. John Weiss's father, Georg Berend Jacob Weiss was admitted as Master Cutler in 1765. The John Weiss company was founded in 1787, an Austrian, whose skill as master cutler and instrument maker were soon widely acknowledged. On moving to London, John Weiss began making surgical instruments in 1795. The company's first catalogue was published in 1823 and listed a variety of greatly improved and newly invented medical instruments. By 1825 the catalogue had grown to 126 pages. Weiss' 1831 catalogue listed four types of spring fleam, part of his range of veterinary instruments. His son, Frederick Foveaux Weiss joined the company in 1831, which then became John Weiss & Son; and the English tradition of changing the Makers mark to include Son or Sons would have followed. Weiss received much recognition, including a Royal Warrant for his inventiveness and craftsmanship, and being appointed Razor Makers to the King by William IV (1830 - 1837), which demonstrates the trend away from Manufacturing Lancets and Fleams, and continuing with medical devices and utilitarian items like razors; using the already renown Weiss brand name. John Weiss' original premises were at 42 Strand, London, and by 1836 at 62 Strand. This original, mint, unused set would have been carried by a gentleman in order to "help" others with this period practice of blood letting to bleed out the bad blood causing the particular ailment. This set is completely hand made, hand forged, hand ground, hand line engraved, hand polished, and hand fitted into the 3 section leather pocket case, with both the top and 3 segment bottom are lined with thin red paper lining, as found on fine, early cases. This is a mint, unused, complete set of small, Antique cased pocket sized lancets that was intended for bleeding humans. The case is only 2 3/4"x 1 7/8" tall x 3/8 thick. Closed, 2 lancets are 2 1/2" long and the smaller Maker marked lancet is 2 1/4" long. Open, the lancets are 4 5/16" and the smaller one is 3 11/16" long. The 2 larger lancets have a spear point and a clip point, and both blades have sharpened double edges with the bottom 3/4 having fine line engraving on both sides to improve the finger grip when administering this delicate medical procedure. The smallest lancet has a depression ground into both sides of the ricasso with the Maker mark hot stamped, "WEISS LONDON" in two lines.
Most of these early lancets were made in England, and made by these same Master Cutlers later after emigrating to America with their skills. The blades are all mint and unused, and have a tight fit when rotating the blades inside the bovinespottedcowhorn scales, as would be expected for unused lancets.The large spear point lancet has a tiny 1/64" - 1/32" miniscule tip loss that is hard to see with the naked eye, but visible with a 10x loupe. A knife maker could hit this with a file and make it disappear, but I have left it in untouched, original, as found condition. There are are a couple spots of desirous, naturally occurring spidering that take a century + to form, and guarantee genuine age and orginal polish. This is the smallest and most desirable complete set of this style leather cased pocket lancets; and I have never seen another set in mint, unused condition.
This rare, early, unusual complete small pocket medical device set by a Premier London Surgical Instrument Maker is as good as it gets for this style pocket lancet set. Weigh is only 1.1 ounces or 31 grams.
This would make a great addition to any edged weapon, lancet, fleam, medical, or knife collection, or use as a desk accessory, gentleman's accoutrement, or conversation piece. BANK DRAFTS DRAWN ON A U. BANK CONSIDERED WITH PRIOR APPROVAL. Due to a myriad of International and U. DO NOT DUPLICATE OR COPY!
The item "RARE 1820s MINT UNUSED WEISS LONDON 3 PIECE LANCET SET ORIGINAL LEATHER CASE" is in sale since Tuesday, July 9, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Science & Medicine (Pre-1930)\Medicine\Surgical Tools".The seller is "1knifeguy1" and is located in Fairfield, California. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Iceland, Luxembourg, Viet nam, Uruguay.