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The Dywenydd Collection

Housed in Sild Hall's remarkable 'Sealed Room', viewings are only available by prior appointment with the custodian, Noel Canterbury. It is not suitable for women or visitors under the age of twenty-one.

The 9th Earl began to build a general collection of erotic accoutrements in 1796. We show a few of its many treasures below. The exhibition also includes a remarkable collection of pudenda display trays spanning twenty centuries. However, the prize of the collection is a fantastic Boulle Brass-Bound Buggery Box. The custodian is always on the look-out for new treasures to add to the collection, and we are delighted to announce the latest addition, the Eighteenth-Century Pubic Wig which, unlike our modern understanding of the term, referred to the source of the materials used to make a standard wig.

You can now read the story of this extraordinary collection of erotica in 'The Archivist'. available from Amazon today. Click the image of the front cover below.


We are delighted with this new acquisition to the erotic collection. For centuries historians have accepted that the Whig and Pen Club referred to a wig made from the pubic hair of the mistresses of Louis XV, particularly that of Madame Pompadour, the well-known courtesan and royal mistress.

Wig Fumigation

Wigs such of this became fashionable away from court, but unfortunately often acted as comfortable hosts for a number of inhabitants including the pubic lice particularly if the hair of the wig had been sourced from the less solubrious backstreets of Paris.

Silver Testicle Cooler
Made of solid silver by Jarrolds of London 200 years ago and weighing 16lbs, this remarkable piece is engraved with the Earl's crest bearing the alternative motto of Dywenydd o flaen anrhydedd (Pleasure before Honour) and was commissioned for his personal use.

Perineal Polisher

Due to the frail nature of the fabrics of which these were made very few examples have survived. The 9th Earl was only able to secure one authentic example, a particularly fine one in Belgian Lace thought to have belonged originally to Rabelais and dating back to the sixteenth century. the 9th Earl paid the collosal sum of £400 for this particular artifact.

Pudenda Display Plates in the Collection  
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