02-09-2018 02-09-2018
Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Boston MA
3075B Boston
February 9, 2018 4:00PMCalender

Iron Scold's Bridle

Auction: Discovery - 3075B Location: Boston Date / Time: February 09, 2018 4:00PM


Iron Scold's Bridle, probably 18th century.

Note: The scold's bridle or Branks mask consists of an iron face cage with a protrusion into the mouth, making it painful for a person to speak. Most notably used as punishment or humiliation device for a vocal, nagging woman (a scold) in 16th century England, the device reportedly made its way to the American colonies and was used on slaves.
Estimate $800-1,200

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