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        'Scold's Bridle', c.1649

        English School, (17th century). Medium: engraving. Date: 17th Century. Ancient punishment in use at Newcastle in the North of England; used to punish women; iron crown over the head with a spike of iron forced into the mouth; illustration depicts an officer of the corporation of Newcastle, Robert Sharp, driving Ann Bidlestone through the city; known locally as 'The Branks'; Provenance: Private Collection.

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