Lancaster Display: The Earliest American Handcuffs

Lancaster Display: The Earliest American Handcuffs

Joined: August 30th, 2003, 2:36 pm

July 13th, 2017, 11:22 am #1

Morning Everyone.

It is going to be hot weekend, but I am really looking forward to the Lancaster show.

I am bringing a display entitled "The Earliest American Handcuffs".

Included are ten handcuffs and two nippers from 1870 or earlier.
There are 8 patented items, three well know handcuffs never patented, and one based upon a combination of two patents.

Who can name these 12 items in advance?

Looking forward to seeing you all.

Joe
Quote
Like
Share

Joined: April 23rd, 2006, 3:37 pm

July 13th, 2017, 7:43 pm #2


Hello Joe,

I think I have nine cuffs of ten but I can't figure out the tenth. No guess on nippers as they are out of my knowledge.

Adams, 1862
Elijah Rickard, not patented
Delestatius, 1861
Rankins, 1866
Phelps, 1860's
Palmer, 1860's
Wisner, 1869
Lilly, not patented
Kimball, 1860



Lars
Quote
Like
Share

Joined: April 23rd, 2006, 3:37 pm

July 13th, 2017, 7:52 pm #3

Morning Everyone.

It is going to be hot weekend, but I am really looking forward to the Lancaster show.

I am bringing a display entitled "The Earliest American Handcuffs".

Included are ten handcuffs and two nippers from 1870 or earlier.
There are 8 patented items, three well know handcuffs never patented, and one based upon a combination of two patents.

Who can name these 12 items in advance?

Looking forward to seeing you all.

Joe
Sorry, the Palmer is patented 1876 and should be excluded from my list.
Quote
Like
Share

Joseph Fox
Joseph Fox

July 13th, 2017, 8:12 pm #4

Morning Everyone.

It is going to be hot weekend, but I am really looking forward to the Lancaster show.

I am bringing a display entitled "The Earliest American Handcuffs".

Included are ten handcuffs and two nippers from 1870 or earlier.
There are 8 patented items, three well know handcuffs never patented, and one based upon a combination of two patents.

Who can name these 12 items in advance?

Looking forward to seeing you all.

Joe
Lars: Good list that you came up with...

Mmm...what about the Guiteau? (unpatented)
Quote
Share

Joined: August 30th, 2003, 2:36 pm

July 14th, 2017, 1:49 am #5

Morning Everyone.

It is going to be hot weekend, but I am really looking forward to the Lancaster show.

I am bringing a display entitled "The Earliest American Handcuffs".

Included are ten handcuffs and two nippers from 1870 or earlier.
There are 8 patented items, three well know handcuffs never patented, and one based upon a combination of two patents.

Who can name these 12 items in advance?

Looking forward to seeing you all.

Joe
A little too early for the Guiteau.

What is the third non-patented cuff? It is perhaps the most popular cuff of the 1860s.

Quote
Like
Share

Chris Gower
Chris Gower

July 14th, 2017, 6:11 am #6

Morning Everyone.

It is going to be hot weekend, but I am really looking forward to the Lancaster show.

I am bringing a display entitled "The Earliest American Handcuffs".

Included are ten handcuffs and two nippers from 1870 or earlier.
There are 8 patented items, three well know handcuffs never patented, and one based upon a combination of two patents.

Who can name these 12 items in advance?

Looking forward to seeing you all.

Joe
I would add:
Providence Tool Handcuffs - not patented
Towers Bottom Keyhole 1st model 1866
Baldwin Nipper

Wish I could have been at the show.

Chris
Quote
Share

Joined: August 30th, 2003, 2:36 pm

July 14th, 2017, 8:46 am #7

Morning Everyone.

It is going to be hot weekend, but I am really looking forward to the Lancaster show.

I am bringing a display entitled "The Earliest American Handcuffs".

Included are ten handcuffs and two nippers from 1870 or earlier.
There are 8 patented items, three well know handcuffs never patented, and one based upon a combination of two patents.

Who can name these 12 items in advance?

Looking forward to seeing you all.

Joe
Chris figured out the two additional handcuffs. The Tower does not have a patent of its own until the 1870s, but uses the Adams and Phelps patents for the bottom key model. Providence Tool was the main cuff of the civil war.

The two Nippers include the most common one and a rare, but pretty one. Not the Baldwin that was a little later.
Joe
Quote
Like
Share

Chris Gower
Chris Gower

July 14th, 2017, 4:40 pm #8

Morning Everyone.

It is going to be hot weekend, but I am really looking forward to the Lancaster show.

I am bringing a display entitled "The Earliest American Handcuffs".

Included are ten handcuffs and two nippers from 1870 or earlier.
There are 8 patented items, three well know handcuffs never patented, and one based upon a combination of two patents.

Who can name these 12 items in advance?

Looking forward to seeing you all.

Joe
If Joe had not said about the Guiteau I would have gone for them. Do you have more info on them where you say they are latter than the 1870's? I am very interested as I do have a nice working pair in my collection.
Chris
Quote
Share

Gordon
Gordon

July 14th, 2017, 11:01 pm #9

Morning Everyone.

It is going to be hot weekend, but I am really looking forward to the Lancaster show.

I am bringing a display entitled "The Earliest American Handcuffs".

Included are ten handcuffs and two nippers from 1870 or earlier.
There are 8 patented items, three well know handcuffs never patented, and one based upon a combination of two patents.

Who can name these 12 items in advance?

Looking forward to seeing you all.

Joe
It is obvious that the pretty nipper is the Lutz,Royce,Trenor,Chadwick.
The first nipper is the Phillips
Quote
Share

Joined: August 30th, 2003, 2:36 pm

July 15th, 2017, 1:49 am #10

Morning Everyone.

It is going to be hot weekend, but I am really looking forward to the Lancaster show.

I am bringing a display entitled "The Earliest American Handcuffs".

Included are ten handcuffs and two nippers from 1870 or earlier.
There are 8 patented items, three well know handcuffs never patented, and one based upon a combination of two patents.

Who can name these 12 items in advance?

Looking forward to seeing you all.

Joe
Chris
I do not have any evidence for the Guiteau handcuff date. I just always thought of it as being a refinement of the Rankin and thus likely a few years later, but who knows?
Joe
Quote
Like
Share


Confirmation of reply: