Letter spike made by a patient in a psychiatric hospital in Victoria Australia, circa 1850. It was probably used in the wards or offices to organize paperwork.

Physical Description

Hand made letter spike with a heavy lead base that is uneven and circular in shape. Above a thick edge that is grooved and chipped in places there is a curved sloping step to a small circular plateau. A pointed spike (which is slightly bent) protrudes out from a hole in the centre.


Example of works created by patients in psychaitric hospitals in Victoria Australia

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