But as I look up the word stanchion and George RR Martin about “the severed hands…hung like strings of onions” I realized what I had in mind was all wrong.
Either way, the very idea is morbid but I guess a good way to deter cutpurses-which I found out is another word for pickpockets!
stan·chion [stan-shuhn] Show IPA
1. an upright bar, beam, post, or support, as in a window, stall,ship, etc.
verb (used with object)
2. to furnish with stanchions.
3. to secure by or to a stanchion or stanchions.
1375–1425; late Middle English stanchon < Old French estanchon, equivalent to estanche (variant of estance, probably < Vulgar Latin*stantia, equivalent to Latin stant– (stem of stāns ), present participleof stāre to stand + -ia -y3 ) + -on noun suffix