Late 19th-Century Anti-Masturbatory Device

Late 19th-Century Anti-Masturbatory Device


Late 19th-Century Anti-Masturbatory Device



Country of manufacture

North America

Categories: Medicine, Quack Medicine


An anti-masturbatory (aka: anti-onanism) device meant to be attached to belt worn around waist. The dangers of masturbation (and to a lesser extent nocturnal emission) were well publicized in Europe and the USA during the second half of the 19th century. Books were written describing how  health could destroyed and a life ruined by this evil practice.   Women were warned against marrying a masturbator, a breed of men whose vile habits could be detected by the clues offered to the readers of books on the topic. Some parents went to great extremes to spare their children and medical catalogs of the late 19th-century show a variety of preventive devices, including metal rings with sharp tooth that penetrated the flesh when the sleeper experienced an erection and  others similar to what we are offering here. 

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US M&R Gordon

Michael and Roberta Gordon have been dealing in medical and dental antiques for almost four decades. They have helped build a number of major private collections and have contributed to the holdings of many museums. They also deal in other scientific and technology related items, including calculating instruments, office machines, patent models and wine-related accessories such as corkscrews. ROBERTA GORDON IS A SKILLED RESTORER WHO CAN HELP YOU WITH ANY INSTRUMENTS AND CASES THAT NEED ATTENTION. Feel free to contact them for details at: or 718-623-6777