The history of the chastity belt is quite difficult to prove. With little documentation and evidence available until the 15th century, any myths, legends and stories before that time can only really be considered as conjecture.
All that we have so far are stories. For instance, one of them suggests that Roman female slaves were locked into chastity and were only granted release for the sexual pleasure of their masters and mistresses. Legends and myths of Medieval ladies being locked within chastity belts until their Knights and Lords returned from fighting in the Crusades to free them.
Unlike female chastity belts, the development of male chastity belt or device has been much easier to follow. Its history is much more recent and can be traced through patient records. Below are examples of male chastity devices. The Timely Warning is an American chastity device of 1905 and is similar to the Kali’s Teeth Bracelet, an anti-erection device.
Between the 1850s and the beginning of the Second World War male chastity devices were developed for the purpose of preventing masturbation, which the Victorians believed was a cause of insanity. At this point, the main difference between the male and female chastity device is clear.
The Victorian view of the female chastity belt was to protect the wearer from rape. Thus, they were considered as a method of protection and security. On the other hand, male devices were developed to prevent “self abuse” and “insanity, imbecility and feeblemindedness”, which were considered to be the natural fate of any young man with doubtful moral attitudes.
Today’s modern stainless steel chastity belt, such as the one in the photo below, was developed by improving upon the Florentine design by Hal Higginbottom in the late 1950s. Since 1958, Hal produced male and female chastity belts from his workshop in Sheffield, England, under the brand name of Tollyboy. His craftsmanship was of excellent quality and his belts were considered to be the Rolls Royce of chastity belts. It is Hal Higginbottom who was credited with bringing the chastity belt into the 20th century.
Male chastity devices are now readily available from many specialist online shops. Should you wish to purchase a chastity device, you should look for those and web sites that know something about chastity.