Summary

Webbed Moleskin Petticoat made circa 1910. Webbed petticoats were used in mental health hospitals in Victoria, Australia prior to the use of sedatives, to restrict the movement of patients.

Physical Description

Webbed petticoat has skirt stitched together down the middle from crutch to ankles, making the wearer hobble. Has canvas shoulder straps and a straight body of heavyweight cream moleskin. Stitching is grey. There is an oblong opening down the front from yoke to crutch and a similar one from the top of the back which is closed with 2 canvas straps with screw-type locking brass buckles.

Significance

Example of restraining garments used on patients from mental health hospitals in Victoria Australia

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