“The Flower Vendor” by Henri-Victor Lesur (1863-1900).
An anti-masturbation device. 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.
Dicksee is one of my very favorite artists. Thanks for posting him.
You are very welcome :)
Friedrich von Amerling,
Radierung von Franz Xaver Stöber nach Josef Danhauser, 1834