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Rare 16th Century German Torture Pliers
Showing great age, these pliers are of hand-forged iron, approximately 15" long, with jaws fashioned as a crocodile head with smooth underside. Strict adherence to the rules of Inquisition forbade the shedding of blood during torture, so these lacked sharp teeth and were often used heated to red hot to inflict agony on accused witches or other prisoners to extract confessions. They were used as breast pinchers, tongue or genital removal, or to inflict unimaginable agony to any soft body flesh. Obtained from a large criminal justice collection in Karlsruhe, Germany.
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