Iron divan crutch with concealed dagger, reputedly Persian, 1801-1900

Made:
1801-1900 in Iran

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Iron divan crutch with concealed dagger, Persian(?), 19th century

This iron crutch both supported the body and aided a person getting up from lying on a divan couch. It is thought to have originated in Persia (modern day Iran). The crutch also had an alternative, more sinister use. Hidden inside the stem is a sharp, thin dagger which can be accessed by twisting the handle and sliding the blade out.

Details

Category:
Orthopaedics
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A196265
type:
crutches military (weaponry), orthopaedics (support) and crutches
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • furnishing and equipment
  • weapons and ammunition
  • weapon
  • edged weapon
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment