Police Restraint, around 1800 – 1850

Rope cuffs like these were used before steel handcuffs were widely introduced in the mid-19th century. Known as "snitches", they consisted of a large wooden toggle with a loop of cord, which was twisted and tightened around the prisoner’s wrists.

Museum reference:
COTSL-1994-117
Date:
1920
On display:
In Storage: Museums
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