Two C1900 Anti-Onanism Devices in Silver

Two C1900 Anti-Onanism Devices in Silver


Two C1900 Anti-Onanism Devices in Silver


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Categories: Medicine, Quack Medicine


 ​We are offering  two anti-onanism devices that were certainly less brutal than the​ sharp-toothed​ spermatorrhea ring ​we also have up on Fleaglass.
 ​These devices are rare but this pair is doubly rare because they were made for children​ or young adolescents​, rather than ​older ​adolescent or adults, and they are solid silver. ​The fact that one of the two is for a female is also notable. There was much less concern in the medical literature of the period about female masturbation, hence relatively few devices were sold to prevent it.Th​e much greater concern over male masturbation was ​driven by ​the believe that semen was a “vital fluid”​​ whose ​wastage​,​ through masturbation or nocturnal emission​,​ ​posed ​both physical and pyschological dangers, including premature deathThe length of the male device is 3.75 inches or just under 10 cm.  ​We‘ve owned a small handful of such devices during the ​more than four decade​​we‘ve been dealing in medical antiques, but those were all for the physically mature and ​fabricated from ​base metal. ​It should be noted that such devices were sold with belts or vests–see third image, which is taken from a c1905 Mathieu (Paris) catalog. 

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M and R Gordon

Michael and Roberta Gordon have been dealing in medical and dental antiques for more than 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: [email protected] or 718-541-5974