In 1796 Bruges (Brügge) purchased a guillotine for 346 pounds. The guillotine that can be seen in the Gruuthuse museum in Bruges is not the one from 1796, but probably the Antwerp guillotine, that was bought to Bruges on 13 May 1856.

The guillotine is from the start of the 19th century, and is well preserved. Only thing missing is the release mechanism at the side of the upright. The guillotine is made of red painted wood with iron grooves and fittings. It seems that this guillotine is of the type, that when the execution was over, the headless body was dropped through a hole in the scaffold under the bascule.

The last execution with this guillotine took place at the prison gates on Pandreitje on 3 April 1862. The victim was Pieter Acke.

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