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Pair of Locked Gloves - Black Leather, circa 1900 Object Reg. No: SH 850441

Summary:
Leather locked gloves used in mental health hospitals in Victoria Australia circa 1900. They were used on patients to prevent self harm or masturbation which at one stage was considered a possible cause of insanity.
Description:
Pair of black, leather, locked gloves. Leather sewn into a bat-like shape, two slits for brown strap to slip through to secure patient's wrists.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Office of Psychiatric Services
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 21.50 cm (Height), 15.00 cm (Length)

More information

Tagged with: hospitals, psychiatric services, making history - psych services
Themes this item is part of: Psychiatric Institutions of the Past, Psychiatric Services Collection, Medicine in Society Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Mental Health - Clinical
Tertiary Classification: restraints
Date Used: Victoria, Australia, circa 1900
References: card with exhibit. History of Medicine, Vol.3, No.1, 1972.

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