Berkley Horse

The Berkley Horse is a piece of bondage gear that was designed by, and for, Theresa Berkley in 1828. She was an English dominatrix who ran a brothel in Hallam Street, Martlebone, London, where she was famous for flogging.

According to the account of Henry Spencer Ashbee, an erotic literature writer, ‘a notorious machine was invented for her (Mrs Berkley) to flog gentlemen upon, in the spring of 1828′. Thedevice is capable of being opened to a considerable extent, to bring the body to any angle that is desirable.’

The device became known, and the Berkley Horse became famous. One customer wrote about the pricing for Theresa Berkleys services, stating ‘a pound sterling for the first blood drawn, two pounds if the blood runs down to my heels, three pounds sterling if may heels are bathed in blood, four pound if the blood reaches the floor, and five pound if you loose consciousness’.

The Royal Society of Arts took possession of the Berkley Horse in 1827.

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