White canvas locked gloves, circa 1910. Locked gloves were used to prevent patients from harming themselves, but it has been suggested that they were particularly employed to discourage masturbation. Masturbation was considered a possible cause of insanity until as late as 1939.

Physical Description

One locked canvas glove. Pear-shaped, white, canvas mitten, stitched in black around the edges with sewn-on canvas wrist-strap and brass buckle with lock. The lock is a small torpedo-shaped, screw-in bolt, which is turned with a key.


Example of restraints used in Victorian mental health hospitals circa 1910

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