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  • Iron chastity belt, possibly 16th century


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

  • Jewish marriage-ring


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

  • Venetian gold ducat


    This ducat – a coin made almost entirely of pure gold – was minted in Venice between 1523 and 1538. The word ‘ducat’ ech...