11/29/2012 08:40 am ET

'Deals From The Darkside': 16th Century Torture Helmet Worth $10,000 (VIDEO)

Steve Santini got his hands on a relic with a very dark past indeed on the latest episode of "Deals From the Darkside." It was a torture helmet from the 16th century.

He took the item to a historian, who confirmed that it was a device used after the rack to torture people. Trying it on, the expert confirmed that it was very heavy. Beyond that, it was designed to tighten around the head.

The helmet was worth $10,000, which made it a very valuable find indeed. But for Steve, it always seems to be about the story behind the pieces he finds. And an item more than 500 years old that was used for such a dark purpose certainly exemplifies what makes this new show stand out from all the other "junk/treasure" shows on the air

See more wild and sinister finds every Wednesday on "Deals From the Darkside" at 10 p.m. ET on Syfy.

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