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Unknown [Middle Passage iron bilboes or leg irons, late 17th or 18th century]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09708 Author/Creator: Unknown Place Written: s.l. Type: Object Date: 1600-1800 Pagination: 1 shackle ; 31.5 x 10 x 2.5

Summary of Content: One set of middle passage iron bilboes, circa 1680-1800. Item is an iron restraint for ankles or wrists used on slave ships to fasten two enslaved people to each other. Consist of an iron bar running through two c-shaped cuffs. One end of the rod has been flattened to make it too big to be removed from the cuffs. The other end of the rod has a loop that is attached to an iron circle used to attach the item to another.

Background Information: Bilboes are iron restraints placed on the ankles or wrists, most notably used on slave ships to fasten two slaves together. The word bilboes is thought to be a derivation ...of Bilbao (Spain), where the device was reportedly invented. See More

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Historical Era: Colonization and Settlement, 1585-1763

Subjects: SlaverySlave TradeSlave Sale

Sub Era: Slavery & Anti-slavery

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