A shrew's fiddle or neck violin is a variation of the yoke, pillory or rigid irons whereby the wrists are locked in front of the bound person by a hinged board or steel bar. It was originally used in the Middle ages as a way of punishing women who were caught bickering or fighting.
The shrew's fiddle was used in medieval Germany and Austria, where it was known as a Halsgeige, meaning "neck viola" or "neck violin". It was originally made out of two pieces of wood fitted with a hinge and a lock at the front. The shrew's fiddle consisted of three holes. One was a large hole for the neck and the other two were smaller holes which fastened the wrists in front of the face.
A bell was sometimes attached to this portable pillory, to alert townspeople that the victim was approaching so that she might be mocked and otherwise humiliated. Another version was a "double fiddle" by which two people could be attached together face-to-face, forcing them to talk to each other. They were not released until the argument had been resolved.
Steampunk version shown in product picture.
Dimensions: Fiddle is 24" long, about 11" wide, and 1.5" thick.
The default wrist holes are 7.8" in circumferance(2.5" dia.), and the neck hole is 18.8" or 6" Diam.
Because our head and hands are much larger then our neck and wrists, these sizes will work for most people.
Different hole sizes are available for those that need them.
The finish is called shipwrecked and is raised wood grain and spar urethane finished for easy cleaning.