Ducking Chair
Original Author: Unknown
Created: Traditonal seventeenth-century design
Medium: Wooden ducking chair

Ducking Chair

This white-oak chair with shackles is an example of the kind of ducking chair used in seventeenth-century Virginia to punish a wife deemed "brabling"—that is, quarrelsome or riotous. Strapped into the chair, the offending woman would be plunged repeatedly underwater. This particular chair is based on the traditional design that dates back to the seventeenth century, though its precise provenance is unknown.

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