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4 cupping jars...

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I have no idea what this little (2.5" x 1.75" diameter at the base) medical jar was used for. It looks like it wasn't supposed to have a lid.

I was told it is still used in some countries for medicinal purposes.

I heard from some Etsyans who are enjoying them even today for cupping purposes. They are still popular in Chineese medicine.

I didn't know about these jars and this is what I was sent about them from ReadyToPretend about them. Thanks so much, Janet, for this info:

"These jars were indeed your for medical treatments, a treatment that thankfully has become unknown but these were the top of the line in their day. They were used for bleeding people to take the bad humours out of them. You might or might not have a tool that had several blades in it.

First, these jars were heated to quite a high temperature. When they were ready using a scalpel type knife or a slashing/cutting tool parralle cuts were made on the (usually) the backs shoulders, back of thighs ( large muscle groups). These heated jars were then applied mouth down and as they cooled they formed a suction thereby catching as well as helping to draw the toxins from the blood.

The physicians of the past used this from headaches to pneumonia and the idea was to draw the bad blood out and let the body make fresh blood. There are many records of patients expiring after daily rigorous treatment but this was considered a step up from just cutting a major vein and bleeding into a held bowl. ( Google bloodletting)

Antique medicine must have been a horrible thing for both patient and doctor. here are many reason why people did not survive. An example in my family: in 1921 a 5 yr old aunt had the measles. The doctor gave her a large does of mercurachrome ( mercury) to bring down her fever. She died in convulsions within the hour. It took 80 yrs for her parents, my grandparents, to speak of her in our presence."

Pretty incredible, isn't it?? I just want to assure you that these jars are brand new and didn't come in contact with anyone's blood.

This listing is for one of these jar. I have more if you need ~ just convo me for a special listing.

Some jars are blueish/green while others are brownish/gray. If you don't specify which color you prefer,I would have to go "enny-menny-miney-mo, catch a tiger by the toe" and select whichever one looks good to me :~).

I found it looks great when it reflects its background. Could be an awesome photography prop or a special jar to catch that little fairy you've been looking for...


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I will mail it from Europe where I am right now within 2-3 business days after your payment reaches me...

A word to the wise: it takes about 3-21 business days for my packages to reach their destination in US and Canada as well as other European countries. It takes a little bit longer for Asian countries, New Zealand and Australia. I wish I had control over the speed of package deliveries or the postage cost... but I don't. Thanks for your understanding!

If you require insurance, please be sure to mention this in the notes to seller and wait for a revised invoice from me. (This will add $3 to your shipping cost.) Please note that if you do not choose insurance, I can not be responsible for mail once it leaves my hands at the post office. Of course, I will always be happy to provide you with a scan of my shipping receipt as proof of shipment.


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Lisa Carter

4 vintage medical apothecary cupping jars... to use in your art... home decorating... assemblage photography prop POVT


  • Vintage item from the 1960s
  • Material: glass
  • Ships worldwide from Ukraine
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