Guillotine earrings from the Reign of Terror in France

Guillotine Earrings: The Must-Have Fashion Accessory of the Reign of Terror

Beheadings were so popular during the Reign of Terror in France that the guillotine became the in vogue fashion for the wealthy and powerful.

The Guillotine Blade of Marie Antoinette

The guillotine blade that beheaded Marie Antoinette

This guillotine blade on display at Madame Tussauds wax museum in London is believed to be the actual blade that beheaded French queen Marie Antoinette on October 16, 1793. It was purchased from the executioner’s family.

Marie Antoinette’s last words as she climbed onto the guillotine platform were “Pardon me sir, I meant not to do it” after accidentally stepping on her executioner’s foot.