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[Hand-forged iron shackles, 18th-19th century]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09709 Author/Creator: Place Written: Type: Object Date: 1700-1900 Pagination:

Summary of Content: One set of hand-forged iron shackles, dated 18th-19th century. Consists of two c-shaped iron cuffs attached with heavy iron links to two round rings. One ring is larger than the other and creates a point to link the shackles to another set or a chain. At the opening of the cuffs there are oval shaped links that close the shackles off and allow for a lock to be placed to keep it closed. Possibly used on enslaved people.


Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Slave SaleSlave TradeSlavery

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