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  • Title
    [Fleam, or bloodletting knife] The parting gift of F. J. Byerley to W. J. Wills on his departure on the Burke and Wills Expedition ..., [1860?]
  • Call number
    R 287
  • Level of description
  • Date

    ca. 1860
  • Type of material
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  • Physical Description
    1 fleam (bloodletting instrument) - comprising 3 folding steel blades with fleam teeth in 3 sizes, 1 tweezer, and 1 bodkin all in brass case with bone facings - 8.4 cm. x 1.5 cm. x 3.1 cm. (overall dimensions); fleam teeth 17 mm., 15 mm., and 12 mm. wide at base, and 12 mm., 11 mm., and 10 mm. deep - Tweezer and bodkin stored in slots in one facing. Other facing has a slot, now empty, approx. 1 cm. x 4.4 cm.
  • Collection history
    The knife was given to F.H. Hobler, the donor's father Reference: Mitchell Library In-Letters
  • Access Conditions

    Access to this pictures collection via appointment only. Please submit your request through Ask a Librarian
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright
  • General note

    The accompanying label was written by Mr Byerley ca. 1864.

    Mitchell Library In-Letters

    Identified as a fleam by Mr Littlejohn, Library patron, Jan. 1984. Previously catalogued as a pocket knife. A fleam is a blade or set of blades having a triangular fleam tooth, used for letting blood; in this application, for bleeding horses and other livestock

    Originally catalogued as having wooden facings; identified as bone by Preservation staff, Mar 2006
    Digital order no:Album ID : 934949
  • Signatures / Inscriptions

    "The parting gift of F. J. Byerley to W. J. Wills on his departure on the Burke and Wills Expedition - Abandoned by Wills and found by J. McKinlay in Central Australia, given by McKinlay to Byerley and by him to F. H. Hobler, a personal friend of all here named." -- typed label accompanying the knife
    "Borwick cast steel" -- stamped on each blade
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