Cupping glass (Accepted)

Cupping-glass (Accepted)

A cupping-glass is a medical instrument, consisting of an unornamented wide-mouthed vessel of glass or ceramic.  In use, smoldering material was fixed to the vessel’s bottom, and the mouth placed on the patient’s skin; a partial vacuum was created in the vessel as the material burned.  This drew the blood to the skin, which was supposed to improve the patient’s circulation.

The cupping-glass does not appear to have been used in armory; the one Society registration to date depicts a 19th C. version.  The illustration shows a more medieval form, taken from da Siena, La regime du corps, c.1287.  The cupping-glass’s mouth is to chief by Society default.  See also cup, flask.

Robin of Mannefeld bears:  Sable mullety, in a cupping-glass inverted argent, a rose purpure, barbed and seeded proper.

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