In their simplest form, a pair of stocks were hinged together at one end and, whilst at other end, a hasp and staple for a padlock was usually found. The stocks would confine the victim’s ankles, who was then obliged to sit in that position, either on the ground or on a wooden bench.
A pillory, by comparison, is an elevated set of stocks that would secure the victim’s head and wrists, again holding them in place. By finding yourself in in either set usually meant that you were doing your bit for village morale by providing some much needed entertainment. Audience participation was very much encouraged and all manner of produce might be launched at our hapless victims.
To that end, I could resist adding a little base, with a basket of apples and a sack pf potatoes to help get things started for the locals. My poor unfortunates are from the every dependable ‘Redoubt Enterprises’ and require a little assembly, but nothing too taxing. As with all 'Redoubt' miniatures, their slightly simpler style means that they a joy to paint.‘Redoubt Enterprises’ Stocks and Pillory and are, in fact, included in the same set; a stock collar and one in chains.