ANTIQUE ADAMS HANDCUFFS WITH KEY PAT JUNE 17, 1862
These handcuffs sold for $218.50 (Plus $6.80 Shipping).
THIS AUCTION IS FOR A SET OF ADAMS HANDCUFFS IN GREAT CONDITION. INCLUDED IS ORIGINAL KEY. KEY WORKS BUT HAS A SMALL SPLIT ON END. LOOK CLOSELY AT PHOTOS. HANDCUFFS OPERATE VERY SMOOTHLY. SURFACE HAS NICE PATINA WITH NO BREAKS. THEY HAVE A PATENT MARK WHICH READS "JUNE 17, 1862". - eBay
Adam's Hand Cuffs
This set of handcuffs went for $341.76 (Plus $10 Shipping).
Adam’s Handcuff’s. The story begins with W. V. Adams who introduced the adjustable ratchet principle to handcuffs in his patent of June 17, 1862. Prior to Adams all handcuffs, at least those in America, were of fixed size, such as the Palmer style where there were 5 sizes.
This design was later picked up by entrepreneur John Tower, who started one of the most successful American handcuff companies in 1865. Tower handcuffs were manufactured up until the Second World War, and they were all based on the original Adams patent.
The handcuff’s I have for auction have a clear stamped Patent date on the inside of both cuffs. These cuffs are fully operational and no rust. Be careful there is only one key. - eBay