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Chastity Belt

Europe, probably 1800s

Steel

Weight: 14 oz.

 

The chastity belt may be one of the world's oldest urban myths. The earliest known reference appears in a German manuscript of military devices, dated 1405. The manuscript describes the chastity belt as being "an undergarment used by the women of Florence." Quite a number are to be found in modern arms and armor collections today - most, like this one, probably fabricated in the 1800s for the collector's market.

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Taken on March 21, 2008