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Unknown [Shackles]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05338 Author/Creator: Unknown Place Written: s.l. Type: Object Date: circa 1840-1850 Pagination: 1 metal leg chain ; 8.7 x 35 cm.

Summary of Content: These shackles resemble those used during the mid-1800s. Handwrought iron, consisting of two leg shackles linked by a flat iron plate. Could have been used for slaves, but also might have been used in a jailhouse for criminals.

Background Information: Previously dated as 1760.


Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: Enslaved peopleAfrican American HistorySlaveryPrisoner

Sub Era: Slavery & Anti-slavery

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