Antique 18th Early 19th Century C Iron Slave Leg Shackles African Slavery
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Antique 18th Early 19th Century C Iron Slave Leg Shackles African Slavery:
Antique 18th Early 19th Century C Iron Slave Leg Shackles African SlaveryDescription:
Scarce Late 18th, Early 19th Century Slave Shackles
Up for your offerding consideration is this original set of shackles used in the slave trade during the "middle passage" from Africa to the Americas. A truly grizzly relic of a dark time in our nations history.
Images of shackles such as this appear in numerous abolitionist books, as well as collections focusing on the practices and history of slavery.
Originally being crafted in Africa, shackles such as these were made to bind the leggings of captives. The ring on the end of the bar being closed (locks were not used due to the large volume of shackles being used, coupled with the fact hands were usually bound as well). It's also theorized, that the ring would have been threaded with a long chain, binding slaves to one another, and then using a lock for the group.
The piece has some rust, pitting and oxidation consistant with age, I've left them in their original condition.
Please click on the many photographs to see detail of this piece.
Thisdesign of blacksmith made shackles can also be seen in shipwreck artifacts recovered by period slave trade ships.
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