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Model 1870

Welcome to the Guillotine Headquarters

Take a step back in time to see the History of the guillotine, and learn about its Construction and how it worked.

In 1792 the guillotine was built, tested, modified and made ready for the first execution by guillotine which took place on April 25th 1792. But why was it necessary to use a machine for beheading?

The Guillotine was not invented by Dr Guillotin. He suggested that mechanical decapitation should be used to replace older cruder forms of execution, and his name stuck in the machine.

Who was Sanson, Dr Louis, Deibler, Weidmann ...? Learn more about people connected to the guillotine in one way or another.

How to build a guillotine model in scale 1:5.

If you want to visit historical sites and museums, you can use this guide to some places which were important in the history of the guillotine.

Model 1792
How to build your own model

To build a real French revolution guillotine model you need the right measurements.

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4 meters high and red painted.

The revolution model from 1792
A simple device was used to maintain the blade/mouton in position.

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Can the head survive?

There has, throughout history, been several more or less scientific experiments with severed heads.

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6 questions about the guillotine.
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