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OFSO
10th Sep 2013, 07:30
Anyone like to guess what the device is used for which the chap here is carrying over his shoulder ? Having seen it in use, I confess (NB) that I do know....

http://i656.photobucket.com/albums/uu287/ROBIN_100/Utensil_zpsd750b9f0.jpg

Alloa Akbar
10th Sep 2013, 07:33
Stocks for a rapist? Or Jeremy Beadle maybe?? (Come on.. Think about it..!!) :E

sitigeltfel
10th Sep 2013, 07:35
Giant cigar cutter ?

Ascend Charlie
10th Sep 2013, 07:43
Da Vinci's design for an electric guitar. He hadn't yet designed electricity, so it didn't have any strings.

Groundgripper
10th Sep 2013, 08:05
I suspect that the Inquisition may have been involved in the design:uhoh:

GG

Hydromet
10th Sep 2013, 08:39
Renaissance USB key?

ORAC
10th Sep 2013, 09:07
Portable pillory/shrew's fiddle (http://www.thefullwiki.org/Shrew's_fiddle)....

http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20111021225042/battleangel/images/0/06/BAALO02_168_Pillory.jpg

http://images-mediawiki-sites.thefullwiki.org/04/3/4/6/38579161070615564.jpg

UniFoxOs
10th Sep 2013, 10:18
Looks close, ORAC, but I suspect the clue is in the I confess (NB) and used for torture rather than punishment, as groundgripper implied.

tony draper
10th Sep 2013, 10:29
You could give us a hint, frinstance is that building a Church? :)
Summat to do with Organ Pipes?
Hmmm, sorry I see Mr ORAC has got it.:(

beaufort1
10th Sep 2013, 10:31
I think it's a giant shackle key. :O

OFSO
10th Sep 2013, 10:38
And the prize goes to...ORAC ! A device for punishment more than torture (although when in it, as your wrists and neck rub raw, you may well want to confess so you can be let out and burned to death in comfort).

The miscreants hands are locked in the front bit, the neck goes through the larger hole. You might be led about town by someone taking the weight off the front, or allowed to suffer by yourself while the device is whacked with a stick.

The young boy who was locked in it last weekend had a handler who helped with the weight, but he didn't look very happy.

ORAC
10th Sep 2013, 10:39
Nope, pretty sure I'm right....

http://webspace.webring.com/people/lp/pillory/1008.jpg

http://www.oocities.org/hollywood/studio/3015/fiddle2.jpg

thegypsy
10th Sep 2013, 13:25
I can think of a few people I would like to put in that object:E

Anybody else got some ideas?

rgbrock1
10th Sep 2013, 13:40
OFSO:

Do me a favor, buddy, and mail one of those devices to me here in the U.S. please? I'll cover the postage and handling.

But I do have one question about it. Do you think one could find a way of putting someone's mouth in it? I'm thinking in terms of using it on my Mother-Out-Law whose constantly streaming mouth makes the Niagara Falls look sick, but can't see how I can get her jaws inside it. I'll figure it out though. Anything to give my poor bast**d of a father-in-law some much needed silence.

GrumpyOldFart
10th Sep 2013, 13:46
Lefty was close; it's actually a combined toilet seat and do-it-yourself circumcision tool. <snigger>

er340790
10th Sep 2013, 13:55
Unless I'm very much mistaken, that's a Medieval Hungarian Stomach Pump. ;)

And I claim my five pounds.

Noah Zark.
10th Sep 2013, 15:38
You can tell that the guy in picture #12 is a Trappist monk because it looks as if he has trapped his finger in the device! :}

OFSO
10th Sep 2013, 18:17
but can't see how I can get her jaws inside it.

What you need is a Choak Pear. This was an evil device used by scallyways in the 17th century; a pear-shaped device made of metal which when a key was turned and removed, thrust out prongs an inch or two long. A victim would be siezed and the pear thrust in his mouth, the key turned and the prongs emerged, locking the pear in the victim's mouth. The pear would only be removed upon paying a bribe.

More here: Choke pear (torture) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Choke_pear_(torture))

Note that it was also used in other orificies.......

onetrack
11th Sep 2013, 02:36
Bit of a shame the device can't be put back into general use today, for our current crop of persistent thieves and house-breakers.

I would particularly like to use it on those caught stealing plaques that honour soldiers and heroes, stolen purely for their scrap metal content. :D :D

Vercingetorix
11th Sep 2013, 02:51
I initially thought that it was a musical instrument for playing "The Nutcracker" suite.

Lon More
11th Sep 2013, 05:33
http://www.oocities.org/hollywood/studio/3015/brank1.jpg

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