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Object Name Handcuff
Catalog Number 0985.13.02006
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.
Material Metal/Iron
Dimensions W-3.5 L-12 D-1 inches
Owned Robertson Coons
Provenance 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).
People Coons, Robertson
unidentified slaves (tentative)
Subjects African Americans (tentative)
Restraints, Physical
slavery (tentative)
slaves (tentative)