Stun gun and steel mesh glove

This stun gun and steel mesh glove were formerly used at the Patea Freezing Works. The stun gun (also known as a captive bolt pistol or gun) is a device used for stunning cattle prior to slaughter. The goal of stunning the animals is to inflict a forceful strike on the forehead using a bolt to induce unconsciousness.

The captive bolt pistol was invented in 1903 by Dr. Hugo Heiss, former director of a slaughterhouse in Straubing, Germany.  Metal mesh gloves are made of rings of stainless steel and are typically used in food applications.  These gloves are designed to protect the wearer’s hands from cuts while working with sharp tools.

If you have information about these objects that would be useful for our catalogue contact the museum on 0800 111 323 or, Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki Heritage Collection 1996.070.1 (stun gun), 1997.021.1 (steel glove).

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