In 17th century France, the State Executioner was entitled to “droit de havage” or “the right to dip into”.
Toy guillotine found here
Among his many privileges were the right of an egg from any egg vendor and a full spoonful of green peas, walnuts, dried fruit or hazelnuts from anyone who sold these items. Sellers of butter, cheese, chicken or fish must pay him six deniers and a carp, the fruiterer gives a sous worth of oranges and lemons from every crate.
For every wagon of oysters in the shell, he gets a quarter, from broom sellers, one free broom, a scuttle full of coal from the coal merchant, free execution ropes from the rope merchant and exemption from all road tolls.” *
Napoleonic bone model guillotine found here
In England the preferred method of execution was hanging. This did not always go according to plan, as in the case of Anne Green.
“She was turned off the ladder, hanging by the neck for half an hour. The body was carried in a coffin to a private house where it began to show signs of life. Dr Petty and another set themselves to recover her. They bled her freely and put her into bed with another woman. After about 2 hours she could speak intelligently and 5 days later she was up. Within a month she had recovered and went to her friends in the country, taking her coffin with her….”
The Sleepers by Gustave Courbet
*Extract from Execution: A Guide to the Ultimate Penalty by Geoffrey Abbott