Figure of eight handcuff

These handcuffs are known as ‘figure of eight’ cuffs because of their shape. The lock on the side was operated by a key, which is now missing. They were donated to the museum in 1873 by Mr W Combe who lived in Strong’s Cottages, St Sidwells, but no other history survives to record where or when the handcuffs were used. This type were used by the police, but also by private institutions such as the similar pair in the museum’s collection thought to have been used at Colson’s grocery shop.
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Collection Class
Social and industrial history
Common Name
figure of eight handcuff
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Full Name
Period Classification
Victorian (1837-1901)
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Collection Area Region
Collection Continent

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