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  • Iron chastity belt, possibly 16th century

    Object

    This bizarre contraption is an iron chastity belt, fastened at the side with a padlock. It was supposedly used to safegu...

  • Jewish marriage-ring

    Object

    This elaborate Jewish marriage-ring has a delicate pattern of twisted gold threads and bright enamel flowers. The ring f...

  • Scold's bridle

    Object

    This instrument is a scold’s bridle or ‘branks’ used to hurt and humiliate women whose speech or behaviour was thought t...