This small, specialised collection comprises shackles and fetters, so-called ‘violins’ or ‘shrew’s fiddles’, and metal masks or muzzles (also known as brank’s bridles) as well as other instruments of torture, executioners’ swords, "Leibzeichen" (parts of the body or clothing of a murder victim that were mummified or conserved), judges’ staffs and "Siebenerzeichen" which were used to mark the boundaries of property, along with other tools of the justice system in earlier times.
Main collection areas
The majority of the objects date back to the early modern era.
17. Jh. (?)
A ‘Spanish boot’
Stocks for six hands and legs
Guillotine from the French justice tribunal in the duchy of Berg