Demonstation of an instrument used to crush fingers in the Breendonck concentration camp. The original caption reads, "The above photograph shows an instrument which the Germans used as a finger-press.The instrument was shown to Madame Pacquet who had her fingers crushed until her nails came off. She identified it as identical with the instrument which the Germans had used to torture her in Breendonk. The moment she saw it she said, "Take it away. I never want to see it again."
Execution in Medieval times was used to punish crime and to suppress religious or political dissent. The customs of the Medieval period dictated that many prisoners were tortured before they were executed in order to obtain additional information about their crime or their accomplices. The torture and execution methods included (but were not limited to) Crushing; Boiling to death; and Impalement.
The Scold’s Bridle, a British invention, possibly originated in Scotland, was used between the 16th and 19th Century and it was a device used to control, humiliate and punish gossiping, troublesome women by effectively gagging them. Scold comes from the ‘common scold’: a public nuisance, more often than not women, who habitually gossiped and quarrelled with their neighbours, while the name bridle describes the part that fitted into the mouth.
Germany (Nuremberg: Kunz Lochner), ~1555. From the garniture of Niklaus "The black Radzwill" .This amazing piece was part of a garniture (matching set of armour) that is sadly dispersed today. Parts of the man's armour are in Vienna and Paris and The MET has a handful of pieces including this shaffron,one plate from the crinet (horse's neck protection)
Spanish Donkey - The naked victim was placed astride the main board as if riding a donkey, and various numbers of weights were attached to his or her feet. The agony could be ‘fine-tuned’ by using lighter or heavier weights. Sources relate that on occasion, the wedge would slice entirely through the victim as a result of the immense weight attached to his or her feet.