Brian Egan bought this beautiful old tool made by Joseph Haywood and Co.

Brian would like to know what it was used for. He thinks it may be a button hole cutter for material or leather. 

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#1 John Caraffi 2017-11-04 14:35
What you have is a veterinary fleam. This was used to bleed animals which was,for centuries,considered a useful treatment for many ailments. The appropriate point was pushed through the skin with a knock on the back probably with a stick. Humans were also given the bleeding treatment ( if it can be called that) but using more sophisticated medical instruments, although I suspect both animals and man were often cut with a small knife.
Best regards John Caraffi

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