Pair of Thumbekins, padlock and key, English, 17th

Made:
1600-1700 in Chichester

Pair of Thumbekins, padlock and key, English, 17th Century. steel with brass knobs and steel padlock and key, an instrument of torture for compressing the thumbs. Found behind the panelling of an old house at Chichester

Details

Category:
Locks & Fastenings
Object Number:
1959-37
Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy), steel (metal)
type:
thumbscrew
credit:
Victoria & Albert Museum
status:
Permanent collection

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