This strange Victorian device, known as a “ram scarer”, resembles an instrument from a Medieval torture chamber. It was placed on the rear end of a ewe to discourage a ram from mounting. The spheres are hard wood, the spikes white metal, the decorative elements brass and the chain steel. A near identical device is shown in Elisabeth Bennion’s medical book–see last image. The ruler is in centimeters.
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