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

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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.

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Glossary: crutches

No description.

Glossary: orthopaedic equipment

Relates to equipment for the treatment of physical deformities,and surgical treatment of the musculoskeletal system.

Glossary: dagger - weapon

Weapon with a short, double-edged, sharp-pointed blade and a grip, used for stabbing or parrying.