A dog muzzle
This wire muzzle dates from the 1890s.
The wire cage encased the dog’s snout and the leather strap was fastened behind the dog’s head, to hold the muzzle in place.
This object had belonged to the Welch family. (Our museum founder, was Peggy Welch before her marriage to Tom Gye.)
The muzzle was last used a hundred years ago, in 1920, during a rabies scare.