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A coffin collar was used to prevent grave robbers from stealing corpses. It was fixed round the neck of a corpse and bolted to the bottom of a coffin. This picture shows the back of a collar from Kingskettle in Fife. The collar dates from around 1820. The iron collar is fixed to a piece of wood. There was a widespread fear of grave robbers in the 18th and early 19th centuries. The demand for corpses was created by advances in the study of anatomy. Corpses were stolen and sold for dissection.
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Kingskettle coffin collar
A coffin collar. The metal ring was fastened around the neck of the deceased and bolted to the coffin to prevent graverobbers from stealing the body. Once medical schools began dissecting cadavers in order to teach anatomy, graverobbing became a lucrative business. Oftentimes the schools were in such need of new bodies to practice on, they didn't ask where the bodies came from. Graverobbing became a very real fear.
A coffin collar was used to prevent grave robbers from stealing corpses. It was fixed around the neck of a corpse and bolted to the bottom of a coffin. This picture shows the back of a collar from Kingskettle in Fife. The collar dates from around 1820. The iron collar is fixed to a piece of wood. There was a widespread fear of grave robbers in the 18th and early 19th centuries. The demand for corpses was created by advances in the study of anatomy. Corpses were stolen and sold for dissection.
Lewis Sayre and his suspension device for the treatment of scoliosis (1877) - Seems to me, he may have had an ulterior motive.
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Of course you have to keep an eye on the boobs in order to treat scoliosis.... ~~Medical treatment: Lewis Sayre and his suspension device for the treatment of scoliosis (1877).
Intestinal Crank. The (conscious) victim was tied to a table, where an incision was made to his abdomen wide enough for the torturer’s hand to fit inside. His small intestine was then separated from the bottom of the stomach with a hook and attached to a crank. Slowly, the crank would turn, pulling out the intestine from the gut inch by inch. The victim, and those witnessing the torture, would see anywhere between 9 to 18 feet (3 to 6 meters) collect around the shaft of the crank.
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Dieric Bouts "Martyrdom of St. Erasmus"
Dirk Bouts Martyrdom of St. Erasmus, c. 1468 Oil on wood panel
The Pear of Anguish was used during the Middle Ages as a way to torture women who conducted a miscarriage, liars, blasphemers and homosexuals. A pear-shaped instrument was inserted into one of the victim’s orifices: the vagina for women, the anus for homosexuals and the mouth for liars and blasphemers.
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Thumbscrew. A prisoner would place his thumbs between two flat metal pieces, connected by one or more screws. The metal bars had ridges, either smooth bumps or sharp spikes, that would bore into a victim’s thumbs, trapping him into the metal mechanism as his bones were crushed. It was a small torturous device that inflicted extreme pain, without too much effort.
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Thumb Screws: An instrument which was first used in medieval Europe. It is a simple vice, sometimes with protruding studs on the interior surfaces. The victim's thumbs or fingers were placed in the vice and slowly crushed. The thumbscrew was also applied to crush prisoners' big toes. The crushing bars were sometimes lined with sharp metal points to puncture the nails and inflict greater pain in the nail beds. - ouch!
The thumbscrew is a torture instrument that was used on captured Black people aboard slaver traders’ ships on the Atlantic Ocean. The torture device was often used against the Africans involved in uprisings and insurrection during the Atlantic slave trade from the 16th to 19th century.
Thumbscrew - This device, though seemingly simple, is a work of genius (in a cruel and unusual way, of course). A prisoner would place his thumbs between two flat metal pieces, connected by one or more screws. The metal bars had ridges, either smooth bumps or sharp spikes, that would bore into a victim’s thumbs, trapping him into the metal mechanism as his bones were crushed. It was a small torturous device that inflicted extreme pain, without too much effort.
Torture device-- confession chair
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Medieval Torture Device used by the Catholic church during the genocide of Christian Cathars and Christian order of the Templars How can any religious order claim that this would be ok with God! This is the work of men not God. They should be ashamed.
The Chair of Torture - Also known as the Judas Chair, it was a terrible, intimidating torture device that was added to dungeons in the Middle Ages. Used until the 1800′s in Europe, this chair was layered with 500 to 1,500 spikes on every surface with tight straps to restrain its victim. Made of iron, it can also contain spaces for heating elements beneath the seat. It was often used to scare people into giving confessions as they watched others being tortured on the device.
The Chair of Torture The Chair of Torture dates back to the Middle Ages but may have been used till the late 19th Century. Not quite Russian Revolution territory, then, though fear of those myriad spikes might have kept a few of the masses in line. This ultimate interrogation chair had spikes covering the seat, back, and arm-, leg- and footrests – but there was no rest, for the wicked or anyone else who sat in this thing.
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Judas Cradle. The victim was hoisted above the pyramid and slowly lowered, crotch first, onto its sharpened pinnacle. Hinging on the torturers mood, he could vary the amount of the victim’s body weight applied to the point.
Rack. This is one of the most common instruments of torture occurring in historical descriptions. Rack used throughout Europe. Usually this weapon is a large table with legs or without them, who were forced to lie on the convict, and his hands and legs were fixed with wooden dice. Immobilized in this way, the victim is stretched
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Wheel. Popular in the Middle Ages unit, both torture and execution, used only when the charges of witchcraft. Usually, the procedure was divided in two phase, both the painful enough. The first consisted of fractures of the greater part of the bones and joints using a small wheel called a grinding wheel and fitted out numerous spines.
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This one is a nightmare and one of the hell rides where limbs are strapped to the spokes of the wheel, and once the wheel starts moving in a gradual manner, those spokes were hit by an iron hammer. This breaks the bones until their limbs are crippled, being left as food of birds.
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The rack is a wooden frame with a roller at each end. Prisoners were strapped onto the mock table to keep from squirming, as their wrists and ankles were tied to a roller. They then began to turn in opposite directions, stretching out the body slowly until their joints were dislocated.
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Judas Chair. The victim is hoisted up and lowered onto the point of the pyramid in such a way that his weight rests on the point positioned in the anus, in the vagina, under the scrotum or under the coccyx (the last two or three vertebrae). The executioner, according to the pleasure of the interrogators, can vary the pressure from zero to that of total body weight. The victim can be rocked, or made to fall repeatedly onto the point.
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The Judas Cradle. (Gruesome) The victim was hoisted up by the wrists and ankles bound together and lowered onto the point of the pyramid so that his/her weight rested on the point, which went into the anus, the vagina, under the scrotum, or under the coccyx (the last two or three vertebrae). The interrogators varied the pressure from zero to that of total body weight. The victim was rocked, or made to fall repeatedly onto the point.
"This device stifles the screams so as not to disturb the conversation of torturers. The iron “box” on the inside of the ring is forced into the victim’s mouth and the collar fastened behind their neck. A small hole allows the passage of air but this can be stopped up by a touch of the executioner’s fingertip, producing suffocation."
This device stifles the screams so as not to disturb the conversation of torturers. The iron "box" on the inside of the ring is forced into the victim's mouth and the collar fastened behind their neck. A small hole allows the passage of air but this can be stopped up by a touch of the executioner's fingertip, producing suffocation.
Iron Maiden of Nuremberg
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Iron Maiden - Torture Device of the Middle Ages