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May 6, 2013

Darby handcuffs

Filed under: Item of the Day — Lizzie Ehrenhalt @ 9:30 am

Darby handcuffs

This pair of Darby-style iron handcuffs was found in a slave pen in Williamsburg, Virginia during the Civil War. The handcuffs are a fixed size and were probably made in the United States by the Providence Tool Company. The Darby handcuff became obsolete after adjustable handcuffs were invented in 1862.

For details, view the handcuffs in our online collections database.

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