1840s Victorian ivory carved sex toy auction

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Auctioneers expect a rousing reaction as a rare, Victorian sex toy made for a wealthy wife as a gift from her loving husband goes up for sale

 

  • Rare Victorian sex toy carved from ivory to be auctioned off in Ireland today
  • It was a custom-designed gift, with intricate carvings, from husband to wife
  • Comes complete with a receptable where she could keep a lock of his hair
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One item likely to set pulses racing at an auction today is an ivory-clad Victorian sex toy, an antique from a wealthy Anglo-Irish family. 

The historical period may not be widely known for its relaxed attitude to intercourse but they were actually invented by Victorian doctors at the time as a way of curing 'hysterical' women.

And this hand-carved design, made of ivory, is thought to have been created by a husband for his wife in the 1840s, complete with a hidden receptacle where she could keep a lock of his hair. 

Sandwiched between a set of decanter labels and some antique miniature portraits, this ivory piece is expected to be sold for between €500-€800 at Matthews auctioneers in County Meath, Ireland.

It is described in the brochure  as an 'antique, carved ivory ladies companion in scarlet lined leather upholstered carry box with inset bevelled glass panel'.

The piece has been carved to show folds of skin and has a heart carved at the base where the woman's finger would have been in place. 

It even has a hollowed-out area where she could keep a lock of her lover's mane.  

Auctioneer Damien Matthews told The Irish Times: 'It is a beautiful piece, which comes from one of the well-known Anglo-Irish families.'

It was discovered by a family member who decided to put it up for sale for a bit of fun. 

He said the original owner, was in India in the 1840s, where he shot himself an elephant, and brought the tusk home. 

He said: 'This was a very enlightened family, and this would have been a very loving gift from a husband to wife.  

Sex toys were very popular in Victorian times- but for a bizarre medical reason.

Medics of the period believed anxious and stressed women could be cured by doctors massaging patients to take them to a state of 'hysterical paroxysm' - or today known as the orgasm.

And massaging toys were invented by Victorian doctors - not for pleasure - but to give their hands a break from performing the techniques.

But the idea of female sexual arousal was unthinkable in Victorian times, so the theory goes, the condition – and its cure – were not seen as sexual, which makes this item rare.    

Auctioneer Mr Matthews said in his 25 years of work, he had 'never seen anything like it'. 

He told The Irish Times: 'You do get the Victorian era massagers every so often that come up for auction, but nothing like this.

'You've got to remember in Victorian times, the amount of people that could afford to indulge or create something like this was tiny. 

'Ninety nine per cent of the country were trying to get by, so there were perhaps 400 or 500 families in the country with those kind of means. It's not just a piece of erotica – it's a work of art, and a fascinating piece of social history.'

So far it has attracted a lot of interest. The guide price is set at €500-€800.

 

 
 

Looks like a threaded buttcap with a finial on the end. Nicely made. I'd give it a whirl.

Jesus, how gaped was her vagina?!

Altofsky - Looks like a threaded buttcap with a finial on the end. Nicely made. I'd give it a whirl.


 



 



Can you turn it into a handle for one of your blades ?

Quaint

BS that it's white. No English guy has ever had a cock even half that big

What are the specs on that thing?

used sex toys? 

 

yeah, I'm gonna pass

FrancisDingo'dMyHonesty -

BS that it's white. No English guy has ever had a cock even half that big

World record largest penis right now is a Canadian white guy.

Train Sumo -
Altofsky - Looks like a threaded buttcap with a finial on the end. Nicely made. I'd give it a whirl.
How you know this frightens me
Ivory like that isn't easy to carve and polish either. Excellent workmanship. I bet if you look just under the ridge of the head it's polished there as well. They really don't make em like they used to.

Daniel Alfonso, Dildo Historian

GucciGucciGucci -
Altofsky - Looks like a threaded buttcap with a finial on the end. Nicely made. I'd give it a whirl.


 



 



Can you turn it into a handle for one of your blades ?

I don't think I'd want to, honestly. If it ain't broke... :)

HexRei -
FrancisDingo'dMyHonesty -

BS that it's white. No English guy has ever had a cock even half that big

World record largest penis right now is a Canadian white guy.

I actually have dual citizenship and I'm not of  English decent.