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Castration clamps, English, c 1700.

Castration clamps, English, c 1700.
3 0 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 22cm


These castration clamps were manufactured by Samuel Bishop. Animals were castrated to prevent inferior males from breeding. Castration was one of the first steps towards improved breeding practices and selective breeding.

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