A Collector's Gallery of Handcuffs
Joseph W. Lauher
A Stotz Nipper

A Stotz nipper

Early 20th centuryGermany
A. Stotz Nipper

A. Stotz Nipper

Early 20th centuryGermany
Adams

A nicely plated Adams handcuff with the June 17, 1862 patent date only.

Mid 19th CenturyUSA
Adams

A standard Adams with both patent dates, April 24, 1862 and June 17, 1862.

Mid 19th CenturyUSA
Adams

This Adams shows a common fault. One bow was made with inadequate grooves cut into the metal. New deeper grooves were cut across the bow to make the cuff work.

Mid 19th CenturyUSA
Adams

A standard Adams with the Patent Applied For marking.

Mid 19th centuryUSA
Adams Cut-Away

This Adams handcuff was likely damaged and then made into a cut-away to reveal the simple mechanism of the cuff.

Late 19th centuryUSA
Adams Leg Iron

This is a rare example of a Adams leg iron.

Mid 19th CenturyUSA
Adams on a Chain

This is a rare version of an Adams with a chain similar to a Phelps instead of the more familiar three rings. There are no markings.

Mid 19th centuryUSA
Adams on Swivel

A rare Adams cuff mounted on a swivel instead of the familiar three rings. No markings.

Mid 19th CenturyUSA
Argus Iron Claw

The most common of the 20th century nippers.

Early 20th CenturyUSA
Argus Iron Claw

This cuff has only one of the two patent numbers.

Early 20th centuryUSA
Argus Iron Claw

This is the early model with the exposed sharp edges.

Early 20th centuryUSA
B. S. Ltd. Darby

This is a standard Darby from an otherwise unknown company. Another example is shown in the Nichols book.

Late 19th CenturyUK
B.H.G Ld. Irish 8

This cuff is marked B. H. G Ld. The cuff looks like a standard Hiatt. B. H. G Ld. may be the Irish seller.

Early 20 centuryUK
Baker Darby

William Baker of New Town Row, Birmingham is listed in an 1816 Birmingham Directory. A rare cuff.

Mid 19th CenturyUK
Barnard

These are Tower Bean handcuffs, but they are marked Barnard. Barnard is likely a police supply house.

Early 20 centuryUSA
Bean Cobb

This is an earlier model with a raised lock.

Late 19th CenturyUSA
Bean Cobb

This early model has a raised lock with an unusual circular tradmark.

Late 19th CenturyUSA
Bean Cobb

This is likely a very early version of the Bean Cobb. It lacks the dimple that normally surrounds the lock button.

Late 19th CenturyUSA
Bean Cobb

This is not a handcuff, at least not yet. It is brass prototype or model of a standard Bean Cobb. There are no locks and no grooves cut in the bows.

Late 19th CenturyUSA
Bean Cobb

A nicely plated example of a standard Bean Cobb.

Early 20 centuryUSA
Bean Cobb

This early model has a raised lock with an unusual circular patent date

Late 19th CenturyUSA
Bean Cobb Legiron

The Bean Cobb leg iron is much less common than the handcuff. It shares the same removable lock mechanism.

Late 19th CenturyUSA
Bean Giant

The Bean Giant was patented in 1887 by E. D. Bean. It was a very secure cuff, difficult to open even if the prisoner was holding the key.

Late 19th CenturyUSA
Bean Giant

This Bean Giant is marked with the Nov, 1, 1887 patent date.

Late 19th CenturyUSA
Bean Hook

The Bean hook was patented in 1883.

Late 19th CenturyUSA
Bean Leg Irons

The Bean leg iron is a larger version of the popular Bean prison handcuff.

Late 19th CenturyUSA
Bean Leg Irons

These are a larger version of a Bean Prison handcuff.

Late 19th CenturyUSA
Bean Neck Collar

This is a rare neck collar with attached handcuffs.

Late 19th CenturyUSA
Bean Patorlman on a Leader

This is a single Bean Patrolman on short leader chain.

Late 19th CenturyUSA
Bean Patrolman

This is a nicely plated example of a Bean Patrolman.

Late 19th CenturyUSA
Bean Patrolman

A standard Bean Patrolman

Late 19th CenturyUSA
Bean Patrolman

This Bean Patrolman has a strange linkage with two small links.

Late 19th CenturyUSA
Bean Patrolman on a Chain

This Bean Patrolman has been modified with a short chain taking the place of the normal swivel.

Late 19th CenturyUSA
Bean Prison

This is the heave Bean model.

Late 19th CenturyUSA
Bean Prison

A nice example of a Bean Prison handcuff.

Late 19th CenturyUSA
Bean Prison

A nice plate Bean Prison

Late 19th CenturyUSA
Blakely Nipper

Blakely nipper patented in 1891.

Late 19th CenturyUSA
Blakely Nipper

Blakely nipper patented in 1891. This one is made of brass.

Late 19th CenturyUSA
Blunn Darby

A standard Darby marked for R. Blunn & Co. Nothing is know about this company.

Late 19th CenturyUK
Bockin

The Bockin was patented in 1924. It is an early swing through handcuff. This model has the swivel held to the cuffs with chain loops.

Early 20 centuryUSA
Bockin

The Bockin was patented in 1924. It is an early swing through handcuff. This model has the swivel held to the cuffs with swivels.

Early 20 centuryUSA
Burdick Chain

This is the Burdick chain handcuff, patented in 1903.

Early 20 centuryUSA
Carberry Handcuff

The Carberry is an revised version of the Cummings handcuff made by the Dawson Machine Co. Patented in 1912.

Early 20 centuryUSA
Cavenay Bottleneck

The Cavenay bottleneck was a 20th century copy of the Marlin bottleneck.

Early 20th centuryUSA
Caveney Bottleneck

This is a beautiful plated example of a Caveney Bottleneck handcuff. Patented in 1912 it was essentially a copy of the Marlin Bottleneck.

Early 20 centuryUSA
Charlton Darby

This Darby is marked Charlton's Warranted Wrought.

Late 19th CenturyUK
Charlton Darby

This Darby has a replacement chain instead of a standard swivel. Nothing is known about this company.

Late 19th CenturyUK
Cowdy Darby

This cuff is marked J. COWDY & Co London. Jeremiah Cowdy was a lamp maker located at 40a Queen Street in London. This is the only known example of a Cowdy handcuff.

Late 19th CenturyUK
Cowen Irish 8

This Irish 8 has a oval trademark W. Cowen over the date 1883.

Late 19th CenturyUK
Cowen Irish 8

This Irish 8 has a oval trademark W. Cowen over the date 1883.

Late 19th CenturyUK
Cummings Handcuff

The Cummings handcuff was patented in 1899. It was made by the Dawson Machine Co.

Early 20 centuryUSA
Delestatius

This is a single Delestatius handcuff

Mid 19th CenturyUSA
Delestatius Handcuff

The Delestatius was the second handcuff to be patented in the US, back in 1861.

Mid 19th CenturyUSA
Delestatius Leg Irons

The Delestatius leg iron is the leg iron version of the Delestatius handcuffs patented in 1861.

Mid 19th CenturyUSA
Dollar Handcuff

The so-called Dollar Handcuff has a unknown origin. It is likely an early 20th century German cuff.

Late 19th CenturyGermany
Dowler Darby

A standard Darby with a curved W. Dowler mark.

Mid 19th CenturyUK
Dowler Darby

This is a nicely plated standard Darby by Dowler.

Late 19th CenturyUK
Dowler Nipper

Dowler nipper, likely made by Hiatt.

Late 19th CenturyUK
Dowler Superintendent Darby

The Dowler Superintendent model is a quality light weight cuff.

Early 20th centuryUK
Eisaman & Rome Nipper

The Eisaman & Rome Nipper was patented in 1906.

Early 20 centuryUSA
Elijah Rickard Handcuff

Elijah Rickard was a member of family of locksmiths from Shepherdstown, West Virginia. He is credited with making the first branded handcuffs in America.

Mid 19th CenturyUSA
Elijah Rickard Shackle

This is a single ER shackle. It matches the cuff found on the ER leg iron.

Mid 19th CenturyUSA
F. M. Co. Darby

These Darby cuffs have an unusual design. There is a collar around the bolt similar to the one in a Rankan handcuff. The company is otherwise unknown.

Late 19th centuryUK
Fenn Darby

Fenn & Co. Limited of 105 Newgate Street, London was a mid 19th century toolmaker known for lathes.

Mid 19th CenturyUK
Field Back Strap Darby

A back strap Darby marked for the County of Kent.

Mid 19th CenturyUK
Field Backstrap Darby

This Field Darby is from Bearsted in Kent.

Mid 19th CenturyUK
Field Backstrap Darby

This Field backstrap Darby was used in Seven Oaks in Kent.

Mid 19th CenturyUK
Field Backstrap Darby

This Field backstrap Darby has been heavily plated.

Mid 19th CenturyUK
Field Darby

A standard Darby from Field.

Late 19th CenturyUK
Field Darby

A nice example of a standard Field Darby.

Mid 19th CenturyUK
Field Leg Iron

This leg iron is marked for Field of Holborn Street, London. It was likely made by Hiatt.

Mid 19th CenturyUK
Field Nipper

Field Nipper. Likely made by Hiatt.

Late 19th CenturyUK
Firman Darby

Richard Firman was a well known seller of military medals and uniforms.

Mid 19th CenturyUK
French Nipper

The S.A. French nipper was patented in 1892.

Late 19th CenturyUSA
French Nipper

This is an unusual nipper of the Phillips design. It has a patent date, but it is for the S.A. French 1892 patent.

Late 19th CenturyUSA
Froggatt Combination

This Froggatt combination has two leg irons and one handcuff.

Mid 19th CenturyUK
Froggatt Darby

A standard Froggatt Darby.

Late 19th CenturyUK
Froggatt Darby

This Frogatt cuff is a Darby from Derby.

Late 19th CenturyUK
Froggatt Darby

A standard Froggatt Darby.

Late 19th CenturyUK
Froggatt Darby

Another Frogatt Darby

Late 19th CenturyUK
Froggatt Darby

A classic Froggatt Darby

Late 19th CenturyUK
Froggatt Irish 8

This Irish 8 is marked Froggatt

Late 19th CenturyUK
Froggatt Leg Iron

This is a standard Froggatt leg iron.

Mid 20th CenturyUK
Froggatt Leg Iron

This Froggatt leg iron has the long chain and central ring common to many early 19th century irons.

Early 19th centuryUK
Froggatt Plug 8

Frogatt plug 8 with an interesting home made key.

Mid 19th CenturyUK
Froggatt Plug 8

This a a late model Froggatt Plug 8, nicely plated.

Late 19th CenturyUK
FWS Darby

This cuff is marked FWS, missing the normal M.

Late 19th CenturyUK
FWSM Darby

This is a typical FWSM Darby. Most of them have the swivel attached off center.

Mid 19th CenturyUK
FWSM Darby

This FWSM Darby is of higher than normal quality.

Mid 19th CenturyUK
FWSM Plug Cuff

Fitzwilliam & Sons Manufacturing plug chain handcuff

Mid 19th CenturyUK
Gill Cuff

Gill patented his unique cuff in 1930. The thumb cuff version of the cuff was much better known. Later versions of the Gill Cuff were know as the Flash Action Manacle.

Mid 20th CenturyUSA
Gill Flash Action Manacle

The second version of the Gill Cuff was turned upside down. Patented in 1930.

Mid 20th CenturyUSA
Griffin & Hiatt Plug 8

Griffin & Hiatt plug 8 handcuff

Early 19th CenturyUK
Griffin & Nichols Plug 8

Griffin & Nichols plug 8 handcuff

Early 19th CenturyUK
Griffin and Nichols Darby

This is an early Darby larger in size than most Darbies to follow. Likely to be one of the earliest cuffs made by James Nichols.

Early 19th centuryUK
Griffin Bar Handcuff

Griffin bar handcuff from the early 19th century. This is a very nicely constructed cuff made by the founder of the British handcuff industry. A rare and valuable handcuff.

Early 19th CenturyUK
Griffin Plug 8

This is a classic Griffin plug 8 handcuff from the early 19th century.

Early 19th CenturyUK
Griffin Plug 8 with Belt Loop

Griffin plug 8 with a belt loop. This is the only known example of this very unusual cuff.

Early 19th CenturyUK
Harrington & Richardson

This is the first model of the H& R Super.

Mid 20th CenturyUSA
Harrington & Richardson

This is the original model of the H&R Super.

Mid 20th CenturyUSA
Harrington & Richardson

This is the second model of the H&R Super. It has grooved cut into the bow.

Mid 20th CenturyUSA
Harrington & Richardson

This is blackened version of the H&R Super.

Mid 20th CenturyUSA
Harrington & Richardson

This version of the H&R Super has extra links in its chain.

Mid 20th CenturyUSA
Harrington & Richardson

Two blackened H&R Super connected with a long chain.

Mid 20th CenturyUSA
Harrington & Richardson Bean Cobb

This is the last model of the Bean Cobb. It was made my Harrington & Richardson and has two chain loops instead of the usual since loop.

Early 20 centuryUSA
Harrington & Richardson Leader

This is an H&R Super on a long chain leader.

Mid 20th CenturyUSA
Harrington & Richardson Leg Iron

The H&R Super handcuff is pretty common, but the leg iron is a rare item.

Mid 19th CenturyUSA
Harrison Nipper

Harrison nipper, patented in 1901.

Early 20th centuryUSA
Harvard

The Harvard handcuffs were cheap cuffs from the WWII era.

Mid 20th CenturyUSA
Harvard

Most Harvard handcuffs are black.

Mid 20th CenturyUSA
Harvard

This is a Harvad handcuff has a long swivel and a wider than normal cheek plates. This has the effect of making the cuff smaller.

Mid 20th CenturyUSA
Harvard

This Harvard cuff has an extra long swivel.

Mid 20th CenturyUSA
Harvard

This is the second and final model of the Harvard handcuff. It was made in the early 1950s and was not a big seller.

Mid 20th CenturyUSA
Harvard Leg Irons

The Harvard leg irons were produced in huge quantities for the military in WWII.

Mid 19th CenturyUSA
Hauser Nipper

Ferdinand Hauser nipper from Switzerland.

Early 20th centurySwiss
Hiatt 1960 Mark 2 Model

This is the rare solid key version of the Hiatt 1960 cuff. Most take a round barrel key.

Mid 20th CenturyUK
Hiatt 1970

The Hiatt 1970 cuff followed the 1960 model

Mid 20th CenturyUK
Hiatt 1970 Model

The Hiatt 1970 model is a rather ugly cuff, thin with sharp edges. It double locks through a hole in the face.

Mid 19th CenturyUK
Hiatt 1970 Model

This is the Hiatt 1970 model in black.

Mid 20th CenturyUK
Hiatt 1970 Model

This is the Hiatt 1970 model in black.

Mid 20th CenturyUK
Hiatt Backstrap Darby

Backstrap darby with M&C mark. Dated 1901

Early 20th centuryUK
Hiatt Backstrap Darby

This Hiatt backstrap Darby is marked M&C 1862.

Mid 19th CenturyUK
Hiatt Backstrap Darby

This Hiatt backstrap Darby is marked M&C 1885.

Late 19th CenturyUK
Hiatt Backstrap Darby

This is the first 20th century Hiatt backstrap Darby. Marked M&C 1901.

Early 20 centuryUK
Hiatt Backstrap Darby

This backstrap Darby is marked Hiatt BIRM M&C 1904.

Early 20 centuryUK
Hiatt Backstrap Darby

This Hiatt Backstrap is dated 1915.

Early 20 centuryUK
Hiatt Backstrap Darby

This is an early Hiatt backstrap Darby maked BO for the Board of Ordinance. This means that it is pre-1855.

Mid 19th CenturyUK
Hiatt Backstrap Darby

This backstrap Darby is marked British Made meaning that it is post WWI.

Early 20 centuryUK
Hiatt Bar Handcuff

Hiatt bar handcuff from the early 19th century. This handcuff was made by Thomas Hiatt and is similar to the Griffin bar handcuff. A rare and valuable handcuff.

Late19th CenturyUK
Hiatt Bean

This is the Hiatt version of the popular American Bean handcuff.

Late 19th CenturyUK
Hiatt Bean

This is the Hiatt version of the popular American Bean Patrolman handcuff.

Late 19th CenturyUK
Hiatt Bean Leg Iron

This is rare example of the Hiatt version of the American Bean leg iron.

Late 19th CenturyUK
Hiatt Boer War Style Plug 8

This Boer War style plug 8 handcuff is closer to the Boer war than most. It is marked ZAR for the South African Republic.

Early 19th CenturyUK
Hiatt Boer War Style Plug 8

A classic Hiatt Boer War style plug 8 dated 1894 and marked M&C for the British military.

Early 19th CenturyUK
Hiatt Combination

This Hiatt hand to foot combination cuff is complete with key. The key is unique because it is bigger than a standard handcuff key and smaller than a standard leg iron key

Early 19th centuryUK
Hiatt Combo

This is a rare Hiatt hand to foot combination cuff.

Mid 19th CenturyUK
Hiatt Darby (Extra Small)

This Hiatt Darby is very small, only 2 and 1/8 tall.

Mid 19th CenturyUK
Hiatt Darby of Mixed Size

This Hiatt Darby has two cuffs of different size. One is 2 and 5/8 inch and the smaller 2 ans 1/4 inch. The cuff is marked Hiatt BIRM and with the 104 model number. Could it be a salesman's sample?

Mid 19th CenturyUK
Hiatt Flexible

This is a rare Hiatt flexible. It takes a standard Hiatt key.

Early 20th centuryUK
Hiatt Irish 8

This is a standard Irish 8 by Hiatt.

Late 19th CenturyUK
Hiatt Irish 8

This is a late model Hiatt Irish 8. It is marked British Made, likely from the 1950s or later.

Mid 20th CenturyUK
Hiatt Left-Handed Darby

This looks like a conventional Hiatt Darby, but the key is left handed.

Late 19th CenturyUK
Hiatt Left-Handed Darby

This is Hiatt Darby has the unusual marking Masshouse Lane Birm. It is also left-handed.

Mid 19th CenturyUK
Hiatt Leg Iron

This is a standard Hiatt leg iron.

Late 19th CenturyUK
Hiatt Leg Iron

This is a long chain version of the Hiatt leg iron.

Early 19th centuryUK
Hiatt Locking Nipper

This is a rare example of a Tower locking nipper. To open the cuff the screw must be turned in. It is difficult to operate.

Mid 19th centuryUK
Hiatt Long Chain Darby

This Hiatt Darby has a factory supplied long chain instead of a swivel.

Late 19th CenturyUK
Hiatt Masterlock 1970 Model

This is the Hiatt 1970 marked for the Masterlock Co. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Mid 20th CenturyUK
Hiatt Miranda Lynxite Inc. 1970 Model

This version of the Hiatt 1970 cuff is marked Miranda Lynxite Inc.

Mid 20th CenturyUK
Hiatt Nipper

This Hiatt nipper has a decorated hinge.

Late 19th CenturyUK
Hiatt Nipper

A heavy Hiatt Nipper marked Hiat Steel.

Late 19th CenturyUK
Hiatt Peerless

This cuff is Hiatt model of the Peerless. The cuff double locks from a hole in the rear face of the cuff.

Mid 20th CenturyUK
Hiatt Peerless

This version of the Hiatt Peerless has a heaver swivel.

Mid 20th CenturyUK
Hiatt Peerless

This version of Hiatt Peerless is close copy of a real American Peerless. It has the conventional double lock on the edge of the cuff.

Mid 20th CenturyUK
Hiatt Plug 8

This is a late model plug 8 with nice plating.

Early 19th CenturyUK
Hiatt Plug 8 Leg Irons

This is a very rare Hiatt plug 8 leg iron from the 19th century. A rare and valuable item.

Early 19th CenturyUK
Hiatt Plug Leg Irons

This is a Hiatt plug eg iron from the early 19th century.

Early 19th CenturyUK
Hiatt Plug 8

A nice example of a classic Hiatt Plug 8 handcuff.

Early 19th CenturyUK
Hiatt Plug 8

A classic Hiatt plug 8 from the early 19th century.

Early 19th CenturyUK
Hiatt Plug 8

This a Hiatt plug 8 from the late 19th century. It has a more modern rounded appearance when compared to other plug 8s.

Late19th CenturyUK
Hiatt Reliant

The Hiatt Reliant is a rare cuff from the early 1950s. Not many were sold, likely because the wheel mechanism worked so poorly.

Mid 20th CenturyUK
Hiatt Reliant Heavy Version

This cuff is a super rare version of the Hiatt Reliant. The Reliants were unusual cuffs from the early 50s. They locked with a wheel and cog mechanism.

Mid 20th CenturyUK
Hiatt Sheffield Darby

This is Hiatt's high security Darby. It has a female key. The key has fine thread and is hollow fitting over a central post. Difficult to open without a real key.

Early 20th centuryUK
Hiatt Sheffield Darby

This is Hiatt's high security Darby. It has a female key. The key has fine thread and is hollow fitting over a central post. This is early version with the Patent marking.

Early 20 centuryUK
Hiatt Sheffield Flexible

This is a doubly rare cuff. Sheffield keys are unusual, Flexible cuffs are unusual. This one is both. It has the Patent mark for the key.

Early 20th centuryUK
Hiatt Side Snap 8

HIatt Side snap eight. A rare cuff. This one opens with an unusual screw instead of a key. Screw the key in and the bolt opens. Remove the screw and the cuff is locked.

Early 19th CenturyUK
Hiatt Snap-On Swing Through

The first of the modern Hiatt came out in 1982. It has a simple HIATT trademark.

Late 20th CenturyUK
Hudson Darby

Rare darby made by the whistle company Hudson.

Early 20th CenturyUK
Hugo Stanley

Hugo Stanley was a clock maker.

Mid 20th CenturyFinland
Hyatt And Tankersley Belt

This a Hyatt and Tankersley restraint belt equipped with a pair of Bean handcuffs. The belt was patented in 1888.

Late 19th CenturyUSA
Indian Darby

This cuff if marked C.P.I. AGRA. Agra is the home of the Taj Mahal. The cuff is dated 1951. It is only 2 inches across and marked with its size.

Mid 20th Century India
Indian Darby

This cuff if marked C.P.I. AGRA. Agra is the home of the Taj Mahal. The cuff is dated 1951. I have two of these. each is marked with its size. This one is marked 2 1/4 and the size is indeed 2.25 inches.

Mid 20th CenturyIndia
Ireland Irish 8

What could be more Irish than an Irish 8 marked for John Irish of Dublin, a police supply house. Of course they were likely made by Hiatt of England.

Late 19th CenturyUK
Iver Johnson

Iver Johnson Bean Handcuff

Late 19th CenturyUSA
Iver Johnson

This is a plated version of the Iver Johnson version of the Bean Prison handcuff

Late 19th CenturyUSA
Ives Plug 8

Otherwise unknown plug 8. Ives may be the user or a place reference.

Ealy 19th centuryUK
J C & A Lord Darby

J C & A Lord was a fire arms manufacturer known for their shotguns.

Late 19th Century1880UK
JG Backstrap Darby

False backstrap darby made for British army. Dated 1943.

1940sUK
JG Backstrap Darby

False backstrap Darby made for British army. Nicely plated. Dated 1952.

1940sUK
JGA Come Along

This is a single JGA handcuff with an attached handle. The cuff is marked JGA Germany.

Mid 20th CenturyGermany
Judd

Judd Handcuff by Mattatuck

Early 20th CenturyUSA
Judd DOJ Model

Judd Handcuff Departmnet of Justice model by Mattatuck

Early 20th CenturyUSA
Judd leg iron

This is Judd leg iron by Mattatuck. It takes a round key.

Early 20 centuryUSA
Kakola

These are Kakola handcuffs from Finland. They are heavy high quality handcuffs inspired by the German Schwertfeger handcuffs. Unfortunately this example has suffered from near total corrosion.

Late 19th CenturyFinland
Konepaja Voima

The Konepaja Voima is a cuff from Helsinki Finland. It is the precursor to the American H&R Super.

Mid 20th CenturyFinland
Konepaja Voima

The Konepaja Voima is a cuff from Helsinki Finland. This is the solid version. The bow does not swing through.

Mid 20th CenturyFinland
Lilly Iron

This is a classic Lilly Iron

Mid 19th CenturyUSA
Lilly Iron

A classic Lilly Iron

Mid 19th CenturyUSA
Lily Leg Iron

This is the Lily leg iron.

Late 19th CenturyUSA
Longmore Darby

T.A. Longmore was the successor company to James Nichols.

Mid 19th CenturyUK
Longmore Darby

T.A. Longmore was the successor company to Jame Nichols.

Mid 19th CenturyUK
Longmore Darby

T. A. Longmore purchased the Nichols handcuff company when James Nichols died in the early 1860s.

Mid 19th CenturyUK
Lovell

This is the Lovell version of the popular Bean Prison cuff. This version has been repaired and now has a double loop linkage.

Late 19th CenturyUSA
Lovell

This is the standard Lovell version of the popular Bean Prison handcuff.

Late 19th CenturyUSA
Lovell Legiron

This is Lovell version of the Bean legiron.

Late 19th CenturyUSA
Luna

These well made Japanese handcuffs have been named Luna handcuffs by collectors, because of their half-moon shape. They are heavy well made cuffs.

Late 19th CenturyJapan
Lutz, Royce, Trenor & Chadwick Nipper

The Lutz nipper with its wooden handle is one of the most beautiful cuffs ever made.

Mid 19th CenturyUSA
Malcolm Nipper

The Malcolm nipper was patented in 1911.

Early 20th centuryUSA
Maltby

The Maltby nipper made by Mattatuck is one of the most complicated and least reliable cuffs ever made.

Early 20th centuryUSA
Maltby Flat Key

Maltby flat key later model by Mattatuck

Early 20th CenturyUSA
Maltby Flat Key

Maltby flat key light early model with single row of teeth by Mattatuck

Early 20th CenturyUSA
Maltby Flat Key

Maltby flat key heavy early model with single row of teeth by Mattatuck

Early 20th CenturyUSA
Maltby Flat Key Bar Handcuff

Maltby bar cuff by Mattatuck

Early 20th CenturyUSA
Maltby Flat Key on a Leader

Maltby single flat key cuff on a leader by Mattatuck

Early 20th CenturyUSA
Maltby Flat KeyThree way

A rare factory made Maltby three-way cuff.

Early 20th centuryUSA
Maltby Patent Model

Maltby flat key patent with double row of teeth model by Mattatuck

Early 20th CenturyUSA
Maltby Round Key

Maltby round key by Mattatuck

Early 20th CenturyUSA
Maltby Round Key

Maltby round key plated by Mattatuck

Early 20th CenturyUSA
Maltby Round Key

Matlby round key by Mattuck

Early 20th CenturyUSA
Marlin Bottleneck

This is the first model of the Marlin Daley bottleneck.

Late 19th CenturyUSA
Marlin Daley

This is the last model of the Marlin Daley Handcuff. It has barrel swivel instead of the more usual three ring linkage.

Early 20 centuryUSA
Marlin Dog Bone

This Marlin Daley has a very unusual dog bone linkage.

Early 20 centuryUSA
Mattatuck

Mattatuck handcuff

Early 20th CenturyUSA
Mattatuck Flat Key

Matlby flat key by Mattatuck later model

Early 20th CenturyUSA
Mattatuck Leg Iron

Mattatuck Leg Iron - A rare item.

Early 20th CenturyUSA
Mattatuck Prototype?

Mattatuck handcuff - possible prototype - No part matches a normal set. Only known example.

Early 20th CenturyUSA
McHardy & Sons

McHardy & Sons of Aberdeen, Scotland.

Late 19th CenturyUK
MCI False Backstrap Darby

False backstrap darby made for British army.

1940sUK
Moersch Nipper

The German Moersch nipper was patented in the USA in 1924.

Early 20th centuryGermany
Nettleford & Sons Backstrap Darby

Nettleford was a hardware manufacturer known primarily for woodscrews. This unusual Darby has a C&M marking.

Mid 19th CenturyUK
Nichols Darby

A standard Darby by James Nichols. Marked J. Nichols.

Mid 19th CenturyUK
Nichols Darby

James Nichols Darby. This one has the curved J. Nichols trademark.

Mid 19th CenturyUK
Nichols Darby

James Nicholes Darby. The Nichols name is in large block letters. Appears to be a later model.

Mid 19th CenturyUK
Nichols Leg Iron

This is the Nichols version of the early 19th century long chain leg iron.

Early 19th centuryUK
Nichols Plug Leg Iron

This is a heavy plug leg iron made by Nichols.

Early 19th centuryUK
Palmer Handcuffs

The Palmer handcuffs are truly different. The two cuffs had a male and female side that plug together or with a chain. Once plugged together they need a screw key to open them.

Late 19th CenturyUSA
Palmer Handcuffs on a Chain

The Palmer handcuffs could also be mounted on a chain.

Late 19th CenturyUSA
Palmer Leg Irons

The Palmers came in five sizes. This is a mismatched set of Palmer leg irons.

Late 19th CenturyUSA
Parker Backstrap Darby.

Backstrap darby from early 19th century. Marked Parker Holborn.

Early 19th CenturyUK
Parker Darby

Parker Darby

Early 19th CenturyUK
Parker Darby

This is a standard Parker Darby.

Early 19th centuryUK
Parker Darby

This a nice example of Parker Darby. Note the wire key. The cuff was likely made my Nichols.

Early 19th centuryUK
Parker Darby

Another example of a Parker Darby with a wire key.

Early 19th centuryUK
Parker Leg Iron

This is the Parker version of the early 19th century long chain leg iron.

Late19th CenturyUK
Parker Plug 8

This plug 8 is marked Parker Holborn. It also has script Winchelsea Gaol inscription.

Early 20 centuryUK
Pfeil and Stedall Darby

Pfeil and Stedal was general merchadise company

Late 19th CenturyUK
Pfeil and Stedall Darby

Pfeil and Stedal was general merchadise company

Mid 19th CenturyUK
Phelps

The Phelps is a high quality heave handcuff from the 1860s. It was the prelude to the popular Tower line.

Mid 19th CenturyUSA
Phillips Nipper

This is a early Phillips nipper. It is a close match to the original patent.

Late 19th CenturyUSA
Phillips Nipper

This version of the Phillips nipper has the 1869 patent date inscribed on the inside.

Late 19th CenturyUSA
Phillips Nipper

A late model Phillips nipper.

Late 19th CenturyUSA
Policiere

This is French handcuff from the 1950s. Not much is known about them.

Mid 20th CenturyFrance
Powell Nipper

The Powell nipper was patented in 1945.

Mid 20th CenturyUSA
Pratt Combination Nipper

The Pratt combination nipper acts as a standard nipper, but also unfolds to form a handcuff. Patented in 1916.

Early 20 centuryUSA
Pratt Combination Nipper

The Pratt combination nipper acts as a standard nipper, but unfolds to form a handcuff. This is the 2nd model. Patented in 1932.

Mid 20th CenturyUSA
Providence Tool Co. Darby

This is the only true American Darby. Made by Providence Tool Co of Rhode Island during the Civil War.

Mid 19th CenturyUSA
Providence Tool Leg Iron

The Providence Tool Co of Rhode Island made cuffs during the US Civil War era.

Mid 19th CenturyUSA
Rankin

The Rankine handcuffs was patented in 1866.

Mid 20th CenturyUSA
Reuben Craddock & Sons Adjustable

Reuben Craddock & Sons darby made for British army

1940sUK
Reuben Craddock & Sons Adjustable

Reuben Craddock & Sons adjustable Darby made for British army. Dated 1948.

1940sUK
Reuben Craddock & Sons Adjustable

Reuben Craddock & Sons darby made for British army

1940sUK
Reuben Craddock & Sons Backstrap

Reuben Craddock & Sons darby made for British army

1940sUK
Reuben Craddock & Sons Darby

Reuben Craddock & Sons darby made for British army

1940sUK
Reuben Craddock & Sons Darby

Reuben Craddock & Sons darby made for British army. Dated 1956 this was one of the last RCS cuffs. Very nicely made.

1940sUK
Reuben Craddock & Sons Darby

Reuben Craddock & Sons darby made for British army

1940sUK
Reuben Craddock & Sons Plug 8

This Reuben Craddock & Sons plug 8 is dated 1944.

Mid 20th CenturyUK
Reuben Craddock & Sons Plug 8

This is a polished Reuben Craddock & Sons plug 8 from the 1950s.

Mid 20th CenturyUK
Reuben Craddock & Sons Swing Through

The Reuben Craddock & Sons swing through handcuff was a short lived effort in the 1950s.

Mid 20th CenturyUK
Romer

The Romer handcuff was patented in 1880. It basically is a large padlock on a chain.

Late 19th CenturyUSA
Romer Leg Iron

The Romer leg iron is just a larger version of the handcuff.

Late 19th CenturyUSA
Round Up Nipper

The Round Up Nipper Company was located in Montana. Patented in 1908.

Early 20th centuryUSA
Runquist Shackle

This is a very rare Runquist shackle patented in 1872. This is the original patent model. It fastened with rivet.

Late 19th CenturyUSA
S. F. Co. Darby

S. F. Co. is an unknown firm perhaps related to Security Manufacturing Co.

Early 20th CenturyUK
S. F. Co. Irish 8

This Irish 8 by the S.F. Co was likely related to the Security Manufacturing Co.

Late 19th CenturyUK
S. K. D .Co. Darby

A backstrap darby from and otherwise unknown company

Early 20th CenturyUK
S. M. Co.

Security Manufacturing Co. made this early 20th century Darby.

Early 20th CenturyUK
S. M. Co. Boer War Plug 8

This heavy Boer War style plug 8 made by the Security Manufacturing Co. has an unusual appearance and an unique key. Dated 1917.

Early 20 centuryUK
S. M. Co. Darby

Security Manufacturing Co. made this early 20th century Darby.

Early 20th CenturyUK
S. M. Co. Darby

Security Manufacturing Co. made this early 20th century Darby.

Early 20th CenturyUK
S. M. Co. Darby

Security Manufacturing Co. made this early 20th century Darby.

Early 20th CenturyUK
S. M. Co. Darby

This is a high quality Darby from the Security Manufacturing Co.

Early 20 centuryUK
S. M. Co. Leg Iron

This is a standard Security Manufacturing Co. Leg Iron.

Early 20 centuryUK
S. M. Co. Leg Iron

This entire cuff was covered in green paint at one time.

Early 20 centuryUSA
S.F. Co. Irish 8

A S.F. Co. Irish 8

Late 19th CenturyUK
Sanbrook Darby

William Sanbrook of Birmingham was a late 19th century handcuff maker. The cuff is marked W. Sanbrook.

Late 19th CenturyUK
Shear Nipper

The Shear nipper was patented in 1884.

Late 19th CenturyUSA
Sir Peter Tait Darby

Sir Peter Tait was a merchant and member of Parliament. He sold uniforms and other equipment to the army.

Late 19th CenturyUK
Stotz

The Stotz is a German handcuff from the late 19th - early 20th century.

Late 19th CenturyGermany
Stull and Kennedy Billy Club

This unique nipper serves a dual purpose as a bill club. The cuff is a Peerless. Patented in 1931.

Early 20th centuryUSA
Stull and Kennedy Billy Club

This combination billy club and nipper was patented by Stull and Kennedy in 1931. The cuff is an early model Peerless.

Early 20th centuryUSA
T. E. Thomson Darby

T.E. Thomson of Calcutta was a British Import firm in India.

Mid 19th CenturyUK
T. Froggatt Darby

Thomas Froggatt, son of the William Froggatt, had his own company in the 1860s. The cuffs are marked T. Froggatt.

Mid 19th CenturyUK
T. Froggatt Darby

In the mid 19th century Thomas Froggatt had a company separate from his father William. Marked T. Froggatt.

Mid 19th CenturyUK
T. H. Co. Irish 8

The T.H.Co. company is otherwise unknown. Only a couple examples of their cuffs are known. The cuffs are dated 1868.

Mid 19th CenturyUK
Thewlis & Co Nipper

Thewlis & Co was located in Warrington.

Mid 19th CenturyUK
Thewlis & Griffith Nipper

Thewlis & Griffith Nipper was located in Warrington.

Mid 19th CenturyUK
Thomas and Smith

The Thomas and Smith nipper was patented in 1888.

Late 19th CenturyUSA
Thompson Darby

Made Birmingham by John Thompson.

Mid 19th CenturyUK
Thompson Darby

This set of Thompson handcuffs is marked RSA (Republic of South Africa?) on one side. On the other side it has a broad arrow flanked by the initials D G.

Mid 19th CenturyUK
Thompson Darby

This is a nice example of Thompson Darby.

Mid 19th CenturyUK
Thompson Leg Iron

Thompson standard Darby handcuffs are somewhat common, but other items like this leg iron are scarce.

Mid 19th CenturyUK
Tower Bean

The Tower Bean handcuff was a lightweight handcuff produced in response to the popular Bean-Cobb handcuff.

Late 19th centuryUSA
Tower Bottom Key Leg Iron

This is the first Tower leg iron. It takes a bottom key.

Mid 19th CenturyUSA
Tower Bottom Lock

This is the earliest Tower handcuff with the keyhole on bottom of the lock case.

Late 19th centuryUSA
Tower Bottom Lock

An early version of the Tower Bottom Lock.

Late 19th centuryUSA
Tower Bottom Lock

This later version of the Tower Bottom Lock has the familiar three ring linkage.

Late 19th centuryUSA
Tower Bottom Lock

This is a nice plated example of a Tower Bottom lock.

Late 19th centuryUSA
Tower Bottom Lock on a Bar

This is a rare example of a Tower bottom locking handcuff mounted on a bar instead of the normal chain or three rings.

Late 19th centuryUSA
Tower Copy

This is a vintage copy of a Tower Handcuff. It is not know where these cuffs come from. There are two variations.

Early 20th centuryUSA
Tower Copy

This is a vintage copy of a Tower Handcuff. It is not know where these cuffs come from. This variation has a chain linkage.

Early 20th centuryUSA
Tower Detective

The Tower Detective was a simple light weight cuff that was designed to be carried in ones pocket.

Late 19th centuryUSA
Tower Detective Copy

This is a vintage copy of a Tower Detective. These copies of the light weight Tower cuff came in many variations.

Early 20th centuryUSA
Tower Detective Copy

A copy of the popular Tower Detective handcuff.

Early 20 centuryUSA
Tower Detective Copy

This is crude copy of the light weight Tower Detective with a chain between the cuffs.

Early 20 centuryUSA
Tower Detective Leg Iron

This is the leg iron version of the popular Tower Detective handcuff. These are rare items.

Late 19th CenturyUSA
Tower Double Lock

This is a nice example of a Tower double locking handcuff from the 1880s.

Late 19th centuryUSA
Tower Double Lock

This is fine example of a Tower Double Locking handcuff. There are very high quality and very secure cuffs.

Late 19th centuryUSA
Tower Double Lock

These are nicely plated Tower Double locking cuffs with a single loop linkage instead of the earlier three linking rings.

Early 20th centuryUSA
Tower Double Lock of a Bar

This Tower double locking handcuff has a long bar instead of the normal swivel.

Late 19th centuryUSA
Tower Double Lock Three-Way

This is a rare Tower Double Lock Three-Way handcuff.

Early 20th centuryUSA
Tower Double Lock Three-Way

This is a Tower Three-Way handcuff.

Late 19th centuryUSA
Tower Double Lock with Stops

This Tower double locking handcuff has a set of stops on the bows. These stops need to be depressed for the bows to close.

Late 19th centuryUSA
Tower Leg Iron

This Tower Leg iron has a standard chain instead of the normal linked rings.

Late 19th CenturyUSA
Tower Leg Iron

A nice example of a Tower leg iron.

Late 19th CenturyUK
Tower Leg Iron

This version of the Tower leg iron has round rings. Often said to have been made by Balco.

Early 20 centuryUSA
Tower Single Lock

The Tower single locking cuff brought the key hole to the side of the cuff. This version of the cuff has the key hold in a slightly slanted position.

Late 19th centuryUSA
Tower Single Lock

The Tower single locking cuff brought the key hole to the side of the cuff. This version of the cuff has the key hole in an upright position

Early 20th centuryUSA
Tower Single Lock

This Tower single locking handcuff has a set of extra short bows. The normal bows have been expertly shortened to make a smaller than normal cuff.

Late 19th centuryUSA
Tower Single Lock on a Bar

This is a rare pair of Tower Single Locking handcuff on a short bar.

Late 19th centuryUSA
Tower Single Lock Three-Way

This is a rare Tower single locking three-way handcuff.

Late 19th centuryUSA
Turner Nipper

Turner of Warrington Nipper

Late 19th CenturyUK
Unknown Brass Backstrap Darby

This unusual brass Darby with a fake backstrap may have been made by RCS.

Mid 20th CenturyUK
Unknown Backstrap Darby

This unmarked backstrap Darby has a matched number key, but sadly no manufacturer marking.

Early 19th CenturyUK
Unknown Boer War Plug 8

This unusual Boer War style plug 8 has an unusual shape unlike a standard Hiatt or RCS Boer War. It is dated 1917, but has no maker's mark.

Early 20 centuryUK
Unknown Brass Handcuff

This is a beautiful cuff made of brass.

Late 19th CenturyUK
Unknown Brass Nipper

This is an unusual brass nipper. No markings.

Late 19th CenturyUK
Unknown Brass Nipper

This is a heavy brass nipper of unknown origin.

Late 19th CenturyUK
Unknown Italian

These rather unique handcuffs are thought to be Italian in origin. They use a simple pin tumbler key to open. Their age is unknown, but the 1930s seems like a good guess.

Mid 20th CenturyItaly
Unknown Nipper

This crude nipper has no locking mechanism.

Mid 19th CenturyUSA
Unknown Nipper

This is a unknown nipper that closes with a plunger and opens with a key.

Early 20 centuryUSA
Unknown Plug 8

This unknown plug 8 has an unusual shape and a key that is wider, but shorter than normal.

Early 19th centuryUK
Unknown Plug 8

This unknown plug 8 came with a very interesting home made key. It works just fine.

Mid 19th CenturyUK
Unknown Plug 8

This is an unusual plug 8 with a serrated edge. The maker is unknown and the serrated edge has not been seen before on any other cuff.

Late 19th CenturyUK
Unknown Plug Leg Iron

These plug 8 leg irons are covered in black paint which cover any possible markings.

Late 19th CenturyUK
Unknown Plug Leg Iron

This is an unusual leg iron. It adjust to different size my screwing in a screw that take a normal two pronged plug 8 key.

Early 19th centuryUK
Unknown Plug Shackle

This is a single shackle that opens by removing a recessed plug,

Late 19th centuryUK
Unknown Swiss Nipper

This is another Swiss nipper.

Early 20th centurySwiss
Viking Pistol Grip

This is an unusual grip that has a pistol grip. Squeezing the lever ratchets the bow closed.

Mid 20th CenturyUSA
W. D. & S.Darby

W.D.S may be William Dowler & Sons

Late 19th CenturyUK
W. Parker Darby

This is an odd cuff. It looks like a late 19th century Hiatt Darby, but it is marked W. Parker. Parker cuffs should be pre-1841. The markings are hard to explain.

Late 19th CenturyUK
W. R. Pape

W.R. Pape Nipper

Late 19th CenturyUK
W.P. Co. Darby

W.P.Co. Capetown is a South African Company. The cuff was likely made by Hiatt.

Late19th CenturyUK
Walden Handcuff

The Walden is a very light weight, almost toy like, handcuff patented in 1918.

Early 20 centuryUSA
Walley Plug 8

A rare cuff by James Walley of Great Bridge, Tipton, Staffordshire. Listed in the 1835 Pignot Dirctory. A very rare cuff.

Mid 19th CenturyUK
WF Darby

A Darby handcuff by an otherwise unknown company. Just do not call it Wells Fargo.

Mid 19th CenturyUK
Wilson Plug 8

Wilson is an unknown company from the early 19th century. This is a rare cuff. One is in the Blaise Castle House museum. A couple of others have been seen on eBay.

Early 19th centuryUK
Wisner and Hoyt Handcuff

The Wisner and Hoyt is a rare handcuff patented in 1869.

Mid 19th CenturyUSA
Wood Chain

This is an early model of the Wood chain handcuff.

Early 20 centuryUSA
Wood Chain

The Wood chain handcuff was patented in 1913.

Early 20 centuryUSA
Totals: Handcuffs: 265   Legirons: 40   Nippers: 42   Total: 347
Origin: USA: 157   UK: 177   Rest of the World: 17
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