Leather Restraint from a Victorian Insane Asylum. Such garments restricted the movements of mentally ill patients who were considered violent. They were universally used until the end of the 18th century. 56 more words
Midwifery Bag, circa 1866 – containing destructive and non-destructive instruments. This bag would have belonged to a male midwife as female midwives traditionally did not use instruments when delivering babies in this period. 91 more words
A Belgian Iron ‘scolds bridle’ or ‘branks’ mask, with bell, from 16th century. This masks were used to publicly humiliate and punish, mainly women, for speaking out against authority, nagging, brawling with neighbours, blaspheming or lying.