John Willie’s Portable Prison

An Asset to the Ideal Home

John Willie\'s portable prison for out-of-control wives

I don’t know if anybody has ever manufactured this very practical-seeming domestic restraint; John Willie drew it for an illustration in his long-running Bizzare magazine (Issue #8, 1952). Here’s what he had to say about it:

Our ingenious old ancestors devised many very simple but extremely effective gadgets for punishing wrongdoers, and for ensuring peace in the community.

The Stocks, Ducking Stool, Scold’s Bridle, Drunkard’s Cloak, and Pillory are well known, but here we have another device which today could also serve the excellent purpose of making a home sweet home.

Does your husband (or wife) stray? The patent (expired) portable prison shown above will prevent it. Does your wife throw the crockery at your head? Then use this gadget for a quiet life.

All it consists of is a “T” made of stout iron. Each stroke of the T ends in a ring — the ring on the down stroke of the T opening on a hinge. The contrivance is placed under the malefactor’s knees as she (or he) sits on the floor. Then the arms are introduced into the two rings on the cross of the T. The down stroke with its open neck ring sticks up between her legs. Bending over, the neck is placed in the proper place, the padlock is snapped shut, and there you are. The victim is not in the least uncomfortable — at least not for a time — but quite definitely unable to do much about anything.

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8 comments on “John Willie’s Portable Prison”:

Collarsmith commented on January 26th, 2013 at 11:43 am:

I’ve only ever seen this as a commercial product from one place, a company in Switzerland called Atelier Eisen.

There’s a picture of it here:

600 Swiss francs which seems a bit steep to me.

Pat Powers commented on January 26th, 2013 at 11:39 pm:

Even weirder, I’ve only seen this in one other place which was a freaking weird place to find it: the cartoon show “Totally Spies.” The three toon spies are capped by a super villain and put in an interesting variant of these stocks. I have NO idea where the artist came up with the idea … when I first encountered the Totally Spies image, I looked for something like it and was only able to find the pic Collarsmith cites. Weird. Here’s a screen grab of the Totally Spies scene I found on Google:

knotilus commented on January 28th, 2013 at 10:49 pm:

hm, I’ve got a kinky friend or two who are expert metalworkers, I might have to show this to them next time I see them

Rope Guy commented on January 30th, 2013 at 10:33 am:

Collarsmith, thanks for the link. And Pat, that’s a nice find!

Fr. commented on February 2nd, 2013 at 5:44 am:

Hmmm, do you take requests? If so, do you have a photograph of the rope equivalent of this? I can kind of visualize how that would work, but I would love to actually see it. It’s a very submissive position. Very nice.

Rope Guy commented on February 2nd, 2013 at 8:14 am:

Well, part of the charm is that the loops around the arms aren’t tight — she just has no ability to withdraw them from the loops. With rope, you’d either have to have tight loops around the arms or a stiff crossbar, I’d think — though you could accomplish the pose with a bit of broomstick as the crossbar, loose loops on the end, and a rope collar connected to the center of the crossbar.

Sadly, I’ve got no photo of anything like this. Although the internets may crowdsource us one. Stranger things have happened!

control_alt_delete commented on February 21st, 2013 at 8:11 am:

“bondsofsteel” on is making them for $75, very cool!.

bonds of steel commented on March 22nd, 2013 at 11:24 pm:

hello i actully make this item and it is quite restraining when properly sized for the intended sub. it can be viewed at bonds of steel on my etsy shop.

it is also kow as a portable prision.

bonds of steel

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