|Description||Iron shackles or handcuffs. Consist of solid iron pin shaft with square-shaped attachment (like a tooth) on one end (which may be removeable), and nail-like top that comes to a point. The pin shaft is slid through two U-shaped iron wrist loops, which can slide freely along the shaft.|
|Dimensions||W-3.5 L-12 D-1 inches|
Handcuffs that belonged to Mr. Robertson Coons of Culpeper, Virginia. Although the specific use of these cuffs/shackles is unknown, Mr. Coons is known to have owned and hired slaves. It is possible he used these in apprehending/disciplining slaves.
(His account book, 1818-1860, is held as #278 at Manuscripts Division, Special Collections, UVA).
unidentified slaves (tentative)
African Americans (tentative)