c1850 Victorian Glass Medical Cupping Vessel


An unusual and scarce mid 19th century glass medical Cupping Vessel.

The Victorian item was used to apply suction to a part of the body, causing light bruising, which was supposedly good for healing and general wellbeing. Heat was applied to the inside of the glass, therefore expanding the gas. It was then applied to the skin and as the air inside the cup cooled, it also contracted, creating a relative vacuum.

The cupping vessel is in good condition except for a minor chip to the cup edge. An interesting survivor of antiquated medicine.

Size: 6.5 x 8.5cm
Weight: 121g