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Petticoat - Webbed, Cream Moleskin, circa 1910 Reg. No: SH 850446
- Cream moleskin webbed petticoat used to restrict leg movement of agitated and violent patients at a mental health hospital in Victoria, Australia, circa 1910-1930. Made circa 1900-1930.
- Webbed petticoat of cream moleskin. Webbing is a triangular, stitched section, sewn together back and front from hem (ankle-length) to crutch, thus hobbling wearer. Has straight skirt, shoulder strap, oblong open piece running down back to below waist. Petticoat secured by 2 horizontal canvas straps and locking brass buckles across gap. Garment re-inforced round waist and mended across left thigh and below waist at back with double layer machine stitching.
- Acquisition Information:
- Donation from Office of Psychiatric Services
|Dimensions:||124.00 cm (Height), 49.00 cm (Length)|
|Tagged with:||building security, psychiatric hospitals, underwear|
|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|
|Inscriptions:||"O" cut and inked into material inside front of bodice.|
|Place & Date Used:||Victoria, Australia, circa 1910|
|References:||Stoller,A & Emmerson,R. History of Medicine Vol.3, No.1,1972 Card with exhibit.|