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Male anti-masturbation device, British, 1871-1930.

Male anti-masturbation device, British, 1871-1930.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 21cm x 32cm


This metal device is one of a number of similar devices which were invented in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries to prevent masturbation. A leather strap which would have kept it in place is now mising. Until the early 1900s, many people regarded masturbation as harmful to a person's health, and it was blamed for a variety of ailments, including insanity.

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