There are no makers marks from the blacksmith who made these but there is overall oxidation and the key to unlock the shackles is missing. See our photos for further specific details. Recently acquired from a Southeast Pennsylvania estate sale. We found interesting history on Wikipedia!!
The earliest fetters found in archaeological excavations date from the prehistoric age and are mostly of the puzzle lock type. Keep scrolling there are 15 pictures and. More description beneath the photos below! Click on any photo to see it in its original size in a separate tab.Are also referenced in ancient times in the Bible. In the Scriptures the Hebrew word nechosheth, usually meaning "copper, " is frequently translated "fetters of copper" or "copper fetters, " because fetters were often made of copper or bronze, although wood and iron were also employed. (2Sa 3:34; 2Ki 25:7) In the British Museum there is a pair of bronze fetters from Nineveh (the capital city of ancient Assyria) in the form of a bar with a ring at each end. Heavy leg irons from China, including a metal plate to protect the keyhole from collecting dust or being tampered with. Roman times already see a variety of restraint types. Some early versions of cup lock shackles can already be found. These were widely used in medieval times but their use declined when mass production made the manufacture of locks built into restraints affordable.
Simple fetter types continue to be used like puzzle lock shackles as the typical slave iron or irons riveted shut for prisoners being transported to overseas prison camps. The first built-in locks often were of a simple screw-type but soon developed into the "Darby" type. In Europe these continued to be used into the middle of the 20th century, whereas in the U. From the late 19th century onward many new designs were invented and produced before handcuffs and leg irons of the Peerless type became the standard several decades ago.
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Unless we are out of town we make an effort to answer all emails as quickly as possible. The item "Antique 1800's Wrought Iron Leg Cuffs Adult/Child Ankle Slave Shackles Chain yqz" is in sale since Friday, October 23, 2015. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Black Americana\Other Black Americana". The seller is "estateauctionsinc" and is located in Seaford, Delaware. This item can be shipped worldwide.