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Locked Glove - White Canvas, circa 1910 Object 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.
Statement Of Significance:
Example of restraints used in Victorian mental health hospitals circa 1910
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Office of Psychiatric Services
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 26.00 cm (Height), 17.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: clothing, psychiatric hospitals, sexuality, 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
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Mental Health - Clinical
Tertiary Classification: restraints
Date Used: Victoria, Australia, circa 1910
References: History of Medicine, Bol.3, No.1, 1972.

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