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    1700s syphilis treatment equipment

    Could this be part of some medical equipment to treat syphilis in the 1700s?

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    Looks. like a spout oil can my uneducated guess lol
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    ouch!! not sure but if so ouch!!!
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    Looks like a dipstick tube for an engine.
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    Looks a bit like the bottom end of Grants golf tee . https://www.pga.com/pga-of-america/g...f-tee-inventor
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    Quote Originally Posted by G.A.P.metal View Post
    If it is wash your hands lol !
    I was going to say the same thing!

    Put some gloves on!

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    Quote Originally Posted by G.A.P.metal View Post
    If it is wash your hands lol !
    Ha Ha. That’s funny. I actually had a friend of mine who is an experienced detectorist look at some pictures last night. He mentioned that it looked like part of the apparatus that the English used in the 17th and 18th centuries to treat syphilis. I then remembered watching a video on mudlarking on the Thames River in England and showed someone that found the entire apparatus and here I am asking the question. This piece was found near downtown Savannah, GA.

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    If I'm not mistaking after this was inserted, mercury was poured in?
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    ... might get a little messy ... putting on gloves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GaRebel1861 View Post
    If I'm not mistaking after this was inserted, mercury was poured in?
    Well i guess after that dating would be out of the Question !
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    Quote Originally Posted by G.A.P.metal View Post
    Well i guess after that dating would be out of the Question !
    Ha Ha! So funny. Yeah they would use mercury. I would think that almost any activity would be tough after that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GaRebel1861 View Post
    If I'm not mistaking after this was inserted, mercury was poured in?
    Correct. Mercury was used to cure many diseases, including syphilis, for centuries. Back then they called it 'quicksilver' and it was commonly sold by street vendors. The calls and cries of the street vendors and the mercury salves they sold lead people to call them "quack salvers" - sort of an onomatopoeia for quicksilver.

    That's where we get our modern term for fake medicine - quackery.
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