Japanese Edo Period Handcuffs ✪✪✪ My newest addition to the collection.

Joined: 5:08 PM - May 29, 2018

3:56 AM - Jul 31, 2018 #1

The Edo period in Japan ran from 1603 till 1868.
The period was characterized by economic growth, strict social order, isolationist foreign policies, a stable population, and popular enjoyment of arts and culture.

I believe these are quite rare and only know about 3 pairs in private hands and 1 in the Kawagoe Historical Museum in Japan.

Many Asian locks use a spring tang system which does make a secure locking device.  The key simply compresses the tangs together to allow the bow to slide out of the lock body.
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Japanese 手鎖..Kawagoe Historical Museum Collection
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Joined: 10:08 PM - Jan 17, 2016

4:41 AM - Jul 31, 2018 #2

Nice! I watched those on Ebay. Decided not to pull the trigger when some other stuff had popped up. Looked to be a pretty decent pair. Congrats on the score!
-Richard Knip-
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Joined: 3:43 AM - Sep 17, 2015

3:40 PM - Aug 02, 2018 #3

Very cool. What are the made of? Looks like regular steel or are they a hardened steel?
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Joined: 7:05 PM - May 02, 2018

8:28 PM - Aug 03, 2018 #4

My pair is made of forged iron. Steve
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Joined: 5:08 PM - May 29, 2018

8:43 PM - Aug 03, 2018 #5

Steve,
Did you get yours in the last year or so?
There was a pair on eBay that had a broken tang on its key and looked almost the same as mine.

If not, there are at least 4 of these out there in this hemisphere.
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Joined: 5:08 PM - May 29, 2018

7:21 AM - Aug 05, 2018 #6

IMG_0283_1.jpg Page 5 of the Dunninger/Houdini Catalog shows a very similar cuff.
Wonder who has this pair.

I am not sure if the lock is the same on this example as the key has only 1 bit on it and is not able to compress 2 springs.
It could be possible that the cuff only has I spring or it could be that one of the bits broke off and therefore not be capable of opening the cuff.
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Joined: 2:40 AM - Jul 27, 2018

1:44 AM - Aug 06, 2018 #7

 Congratulations. Mark.   Great. Pair of  of. EDO period cuffs.Mine are iron.Got them in 1953 in Kyoto.Love Japanese cuffs!
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Joined: 5:08 PM - May 29, 2018

4:49 AM - Aug 06, 2018 #8

Ggoebel wrote:  Congratulations. Mark.   Great. Pair of  of. EDO period cuffs.Mine are iron.Got them in 1953 in Kyoto.Love Japanese cuffs!
George,
Thank you.
I am pleasantly surprised that another of these has surfaced.
I imagine that you paid about $20 then.
Did you find them in an antique store, marketplace or so?
It would be interesting to hear your story of how you came to find your cuffs and if you were collecting at the time.

A picture of yours would also be appreciated.

Hope to talk to you off line sometime.
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Joined: 7:05 PM - May 02, 2018

9:40 PM - Aug 09, 2018 #9

Hi Mark. I got mine over 2 years ago. Cheers, Steve
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Joined: 9:14 PM - Apr 23, 2006

7:21 PM - Aug 15, 2018 #10

I got mine a few years ago.  It's in the original box.  I have tried to have the markings translated, but everyone tells me that they are too old and now one  knows the script any more.  I have cleaned the cuffs since these are pictures taken as received.  Here is some information I received from a source in Japan:

Handcuffs with the box are very unusual.

I have written it to the right-hand side of this box as "Tejo". (handcuffs) Two characters after Tejo are not understood.
The name of a person is written to left-hand side.
A family name is "Ohara".
I cannot read a name.
This is old writing.

Ron
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