Replica 16th century bleeding cup, rectangular, green case with two hinges and decorative clasp. Case contains engraved silver metal bowl with ornate silver metal handle attached to rim.Bowl is a replica of a 16th century bleeding cup (as presented to Dr A E Shaw of the Brisbane Red Cross service).
CH classification CIVIC MEMENTOES Presentations
L180 x W167 x H50mm
Silver, wood, textile
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History and use
This replica 16th century bleeding cup was presented to Dr A E Shaw at the Blood Transfusion Congress of South Africa, Port Elizabeth, September 1972. Dr Shaw was the Director of the Brisbane Red Cross Blood Transfusion service from the 1950s to 1970s. The cup is part of Queensland Museum’s Red Cross collection. It replicates cups used in the 1500s for bloodletting – the practice of withdrawing blood to cure or prevent disease.