Slave Collars

A slave collar is any of several iron, steel, or other material devices that fit around the neck of a slave. Slaves are required to repeat the purposes of a collar on demand. They are: (1) To visibly designate the wearer as a slave; (2) To impress her slavery upon her; (3) It identifies her master; and (4) It provides ease of leashing.


Capture: Essentially, any collar which is made from available materials at the site of capture.

Coffle: Various types of steel collars with rings attached front, back or both, to hook three to 4-foot lengths of chain between them. some are hinged in the back.

Common: The most common collar for women is a flat, light band of metal that fits snugly around the neck and that locks in the back. A key is needed to open the lock which is usually a pin lock with six pins, one for each of the letters in the word "kajira." Some collars can be quite expensive and ornate, bejeweled and made from precious metals. Such collars, though, are quite rare. Some collars may be enameled in different colors as a decorative matter. The most common neck sizes for collars are the ten to twelve hort sizes. For male slaves, they have a much simpler collar, generally an iron band hammered onto their necks and riveted shut. They cannot be removed except by a metal worker.

Cord: Made of cord fashioned from the rence plant, it is worn by rencer slaves and carries a small disk to identify the owner.

Dance: A collar that is lightweight, yet effective, chain that has been attached in order to enhance the dancer's appearance. A common type consists of a large oval of chain to which wrist cuffs and/or ankle cuffs are attached. The two sides of the oval are attached to a ring on the collar. There are variations depending on the region.

Leather Leash: A leather slave collar which may be used when the slave is to be led, usually for reasons of security.

Lock: A hinged collar easily removed by the use of a key. It is usually of flat stock, about 1-1/2" to 2" high. It is usually worn by trained slaves. The lock has one pin for each of the letters in the word "kajira."

Message: Worn by slaves who convey messages, it is a thick, high, leather collar, fashioned by Turians, literally sewn around her throat. Sewn inside, within the leather itself, is a message written on a small piece of rolled rence paper. The slave girl often does not know that her collar carries a message and would never know its contents.

Northern or Iron Collars of Torvaldsland: A utilitarian collar made of black iron with an iron ring to be used to attach a chain. It is riveted in place around the neck of the bond-maid.

Plank: A two-piece board hinged at one end and capable of being locked at the other. It has two or more semi-circular holes cut in each side, so that it may fit around the necks of more than one slave girl or captive Free Woman at one time.

Plate: A collar of flat stock which is hammered about a slave's neck. It is usually worn by untrained slaves.

Shipping: A temporary collar showing that the slave girl is part of a cargo.

Transport: A collar with a metal tag attached listing destination or other vital information used during transport of a slave.

Turian Collar: This collar fits more loosely and resembles a hinged ring looped about the throat. A man can get his fingers inside a Turian collar and use it to drag the girl to him. This collar is not engraved, as other collar are.

Work: A term used for the collars chained to each other by chains of varying lengths, depending on the task at hand, that are placed on slaves which are part of a work chain.

Other Collars

Errand Capsule: This is a leather cylinder attached to a slave's neck by a string over the collar. It is used for carrying notes and messages.

I.D. Anklet: A band of metal affixed to Earth captive's ankle for transportation to Gor.

Bead Collars of the Red Savages: The collar used in the Barrens by Red Savages. Rather than the commonly used inscription, the collar is made in a color and pattern which is unique to each man, thus identifying the slave's owner. It is about an inch and a half high. It is tied shut using a signature knot, in a given tribal style, known only to the tier. This gives the man a way of telling if the knot has been untied and retied in his absence. It is death for a slave to remove such a collar without permission.

Collar Sleeves: Silken sleeves which are slipped over collars, usually for the purpose of matching the collar to the slave's garments. They are used in few places.

Kur Collar: A lock collar of leather used by Kur on their female cattle. There is a large ring for chaining or leashing.