Spring steel slave whip, 19th century.

Hills, Jennie

 
Spring steel slave whip, 19th century.
4 0 c m
 
31cm
actual image size: 23cm x 32cm

Description

Whip with wooden handle and steel spring flail. Parts of the British economy were dependent on slavery, notably the sugar and later, the cotton trades. Punishment devices such as this whip might have been used on the 'middle passage' of slaves from West Africa to the Americas, or on plantations.

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10422512

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