Illustration for article titled This 1880s anti-masturbation armor = the ultimate codpiece for your retro Iron Man costume

If your steampunk Iron Man costume is sadly lacking that authentic je ne sais quoi, you could always track down this Victorian-era anti-wanking device. (Note the helpful urine colander.) Yes, it was designed for teens and is shudder-inducing in every single way, but nobody said crime-fighting was a vacation.


In 2008, this copper device — which measures "3 ½ inches top to base" and was designed to prevent nocturnal emissions and other onanistic tomfoolery — went for $2,906 on eBay. (Is someone displaying it on a mantel somewhere?) From the auction description:

The rare 19th century item is made of copper and was designed to be worn by boys so they could not commit the 'sin'. Attached to a belt it would have encased the genitalia. The bizarre antique dates back to around 1880 and was used in Catholic France.


Related: Slightly more comfortable old-school armor and an overly elaborate device to prevent your horses from masturbating.

[Chastity Review (very NSFW) and TYWKIWDBI via Boing Boing]


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