Cream moleskin webbed petticoat used to restrict leg movement of agitated and violent patients at a mental health hospital in Victoria, Australia, circa 1910-1930. Made circa 1900-1930.

Physical Description

Webbed petticoat of cream moleskin. Webbing is a triangular, stitched section, sewn together back and front from hem (ankle-length) to crutch, thus hobbling wearer. Has straight skirt, shoulder strap, oblong open piece running down back to below waist. Petticoat secured by 2 horizontal canvas straps and locking brass buckles across gap. Garment re-inforced round waist and mended across left thigh and below waist at back with double layer machine stitching.

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