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Petticoat - Webbed, Cream Moleskin, circa 1910 Object 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
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 124.00 cm (Height), 49.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: building security, psychiatric hospitals, underwear, 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
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.

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