Leather locked gloves used in mental health hospitals in Victoria Australia circa 1900. They were used on patients to prevent self harm or masturbation which at one stage was considered a possible cause of insanity.

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Pair of black, leather, locked gloves. Leather sewn into a bat-like shape, two slits for brown strap to slip through to secure patient's wrists.


Example of security equipment used on patients in a mental hiospital in Victoria, Australia, circa 1900.

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