Antique French Medical Leech Jar
For your consideration:
Leeches have been used in medicine since ancient times, and became a popular medical treatment during the 19th century.
"Leechmania"employed physicians on a massive scale, which meant the doctor's leeches needed to be properly stored between each feeding, or used to transport a healthy and hungry leech supply to Doctors in a secure manner..
This is a gorgeous bulbous shaped French leach jar manufactured sometime in the late 1800s.
This is one of the more common shaped Leech jars. made of white ceramic with a pewter lid.
The base of this Jar is in perfect condition and it looks like it might have had a wax seal.
The pewter cover is quite lovely with pegasus the horse stamped on the top along with the words Marque Depose and the number 1.
Condition: This Leech jar was well used as there are some scratches on the lid and the odd dent, and it is sadly missing a handle on the top of the pewter lid. The top ceramic lid has a chip.
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