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Locked Glove - White Canvas, circa 1910 Reg. No: SH 850583
- White canvas locked gloves, circa 1910. Locked gloves were used to prevent patients from harming themselves, but it has been suggested that they were particularly employed to discourage masturbation. Masturbation was considered a possible cause of insanity until as late as 1939.
- One locked canvas glove. Pear-shaped, white, canvas mitten, stitched in black around the edges with sewn-on canvas wrist-strap and brass buckle with lock. The lock is a small torpedo-shaped, screw-in bolt, which is turned with a key.
- Acquisition Information:
- Donation from Office of Psychiatric Services
|Dimensions:||26.00 cm (Height), 17.00 cm (Length)|
|Tagged with:||clothing, psychiatric hospitals, sexuality|
|Themes this item is part of:||Psychiatric Institutions of the Past, Psychiatric Services Collection, Medicine in Society Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection|
|On Display at:||Melbourne Museum|
|Primary Classification:||MEDICINE & HEALTH|
|Secondary Classification:||Mental Health - Clinical|
|Date Used:||Victoria, Australia, circa 1910|
|References:||History of Medicine, Bol.3, No.1, 1972.|