Collection : musée Fragonard de l'École nationale vétérinaire de Maisons-Alfort / Photo Olivier Jourdanet / MCC

Fleam for simple bloodletting

This fleam is composed of several steel blades, each bearing a small, very sharp blade triangular near the end, which was used to drain the blood. Generally, fleams were of different sizes to adapt all vein sizes. They were locked in a handle, which could be made of plain metal, horn, tortoiseshell or ivory.