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Mar 27, 2010

THE FIFTH ELEMENT Stunt Police Handcuffs

OK, not technically a restraint, but it played one in a cool move:

The Fifth Element
Stunt Handcuffs


Major Korben Dallas is a former special ops soldier who has retired to the quiet life of a New York cabbie in the year 2259. Suddenly, out of the sky and into his cab falls a woman who will change his life forever. Leeloo, the "perfect being" (and fifth element), will will allow our hero to taste the love for which he has so desperately been looking. Furthermore, the government that he had previously so faithfully served but then abandoned, will once again tap him for his military talents. In the end, Leeloo and Korben will discover that the way they feel for one another fuels the vehicle that will save the world.

Based on a story conceived by director Luc Besson, The Fifth Element explores the extremes of love, hate, good, evil, generosity, and greed in a thought-provoking yet entertaining fashion. Viewers are transported to a plausible 23rd century New York City, where towering buildings dominate the landscape, flying cars are the norm, and interstellar travel is as commonplace as a trip to Europe is today.

Although very successful at the time of its release, The Fifth Element has also become a movie cult classic, which will eventually take its place among the great pantheon of science fiction films.


Handcuffs make up the standard compliment of accessories carried by both the NYPD (New York City Police Department) and Fhloston Paradise ship's security. The handcuffs being offered here were used by one of these two police forces (or both).

Since the cuffs being worn by priest Vito Cornelius in the screen capture below are connected by a bar, it is very possible that the handcuffs in this auction were employed by the New York City police. On the other hand, they could possibly be a variant type also employed on the Fhloston Paradise ship by its security.

Although this style of handcuff can also be briefly seen in a New York City police car (see screen captures below), and is again employed to restrain Cornelius on Fhloston Paradise, the exact variation represented by the stunt handcuffs being offered in this auction cannot be found anywhere while viewing a theatrical cut of the movie. At least, this researcher was unable to find them.

Nonetheless, the handcuffs being offered here are warranted to have been production-made and production-used in The Fifth Element.


You are bidding on a set of production-used The Fifth Element stunt handcuffs. The two cuffs are constructed of resin and connected by a metal chain.

One of the s-hooks connecting the chain to one of the cuffs has been broken and is included as-is. This should be relatively easy to fix by finding a replacement at any local hardware store.

Also, this unusual piece of The Fifth Element memorabilia includes the following certificate of authenticity (COA): - eBay (23 Feb 2010)

These movie prop handcuffs had a high bid of $54.88 (Plus $5 Shipping).

Mar 26, 2010

Solid Bronze Lock with two keys dated 1888

I like the way this lock looks:

Old bronze lock with two keys on the bottom it says pat. 1888 this is a heavy duty persision lock 3 inches high and is solid (heavy) bronze please see pictures

Questions and answers about this item

Q: Any names numbers etc. on the lock or keys??? Thanks
A: Nothing on the keys or any of the lock except the bottom pat. words and the date 1888 I unlocked the lock and even looked on the solid bronze shank as well it is a one of a kind I have never seen another...................

- eBay (18 Feb 2010)

This padlock had a high bid of $40.99 (Plus $5.50 Shipping).

Mar 25, 2010

Giant Antique Padlock - 1800s - Iron - Biggest Star

Here is a very impressive padlock:

This Iron Giant is a genuine antique museum Piece.Complete with the original key,it is the largest Iron Star made by Star lock works.And Star went out of business in 1927.The monster shackle is 5/8 inches thick.Far too big to be useful in most all normal applications.And made more than a century ago,it could even reach back as far as the civil war era.This was in a day where people didn't lock their front doors at night.At 4 3/4 inches tall and over 3 inches wide,There were a limited number of uses for it.Possibly a prison lock it would have to be used indoors or it would turn into a giant hunk of rust if used out in the weather.This piece still works well with it's genuine original key.I bought this at a lock show 20 years ago and it is one of the oldest and finest pieces in my collection.You could call this Old High Security and you would be accurate as this padlock is 2 1/4 inches thick with a large embossed star circling the keyhole. - eBay (5 March 2010)

This padlock had a high bid of $195 (Plus $11.50 Shipping).

Mar 24, 2010


This is pretty neat. Another padlock type I had not seen before.

Here's a very collectible lock. 3 1/2" tall and 2 1/8' wide. MALTA is stamped on the shackle. There are four Maltese Crosses embossed on the front. It has no damage and works fine, the shackle springs open when the key is operated. Don't miss this one! - eBay (6 Feb 2010)
This padlock had a high bid of $31 (Plus $2.75 Shipping).

Mar 23, 2010

Yale & Towne Brass Lock

This looks like a very nice and stylish padlock.

Yale Lock & Original key. Nice riveted example. Great old patina finish, unpolished. Has a slight scratch on front by top YA. Original old key with all the company markings. Key works the lock easily. 2 7/8 X 2 inches. 3/4 inches thick. - eBay (25 Feb 2010)

This padlock had a high bid of $17.17 (Plus $4.95 Shipping).

Mar 22, 2010

"Moose" poormans story padlock

I do not remember seeing a Moose padlock like this one before.

Rare old "Moose" poormans story padlock. The condition is very good with minor dings and scratches from age. This has a good working key and measures 2.25" x 3.25" approx. - eBay (18 Feb 2010)

This padlock had a high bid of $24.50 (Plus $4.95 Shipping).

Mar 21, 2010


Here is a very nice example of a seal padlock. See another example with more details listed here.

A rare automatic seal padlock. This brass and steel government lock takes a paper seal which is punctured with holes when the lock is opened. The lock is in excellent condition. The padlock is mechanically perfect and comes with an operating key. The lock is well marked both front and rear. It appears to be made by Ferret which is probably a French company. It does not have any damage, just small dings obtained in normal use. SIZE: 3.75"w x 4.5"h x 0.75"d. 1.1 lb. - eBay (10 Feb 2010)

This padlock had a high bid of $22.02 (Plus $5 Shipping) but did not meet the reserve price.

Mar 20, 2010


Here is a nice US Customs seal padlock:

GREAT - RARE - U S CUSTOMS SEAL PADLOCK complete with a working key.... key does not have the tip point on it to release the dust cover guard, but any PIN will work fine...... lock unlocks fine etc... NICE !!! rare lock......... - eBay (17 Jan 2010)
This padlock had a price of $1,550 (Plus $10 Shipping)but I am not sure if it sold.

Mar 19, 2010

Pawn Stars - McKenzie Mitts for sale

On TV in the US is the show 'Pawn Stars' where people bring items into a pawn shop in Las Vegas to sell. In this episode, a person brings in a pair of McKenzie Mitts to sell:

Part I

Part II

Part III if you are interested.


Mar 18, 2010


Here is a nice set of old leg irons.

The listing was in German:

Marke / Modell: ?
Hersteller: ?
Land: Poland/Germany

Uralte Fußfesseln aus dem 19. Jahrhundert mit "Caps Lock" System. Die Fessel kommt um ein Bein und anschließend wird eine Kapsel über die Schellenenden gestülpt. Beide Schellenenden und die Kapsel weisen ein großes Loch (Kreuz) auf. Durch dieses kann nun eine Kette geführt werden, was bewirk, dass man die Kapsel nicht mehr entfernen und somit die Schelle nicht mehr öffnen kann. Die Kette ist … cm lang und am ende der Kette ist ein Schloss (abschließbar mit einer Dreieck Schraube) so kann man sicher die Fußfesseln abschließen und noch die Länge der Kette (durch Ösen in der Kette) verkürzen.

Die Fesseln stammen wahrscheinlich aus Polen/Deutschland, vermutlich von einem Gefängnis. Solche Fesseln wurden oft bei Gefangenentransporten eingesetzt

Breite: 5,5 cm
Kette: 170 cm
Gewicht: 4,35 kg

1 Schlüssel (Nachbau), sonst alles original und in sehr gutem Zustand.
- eBay (14 Feb 2010)

This set of leg irons had a starting bid of 699 Euros / $958 (Plus 36 Euros Shipping) but received no bids.

Mar 17, 2010

1870 Patent AM. Seal Lock Co.

Here is a neat seal padlock.

This is a large nickel plated brass padlock signed "AM Seal Lock Co.,New York Patented 18 Jan'y, 1870." This rare trick padlock has serial number 1381 on the lock and key. The key has a pin on the top used to put into a small hole at the edge of the key cover. Once that flips open, push the pin at left of sliding cover to expose the key hole. Inserting the key and turning opens the lock. This is a very rare trick padlock in working condition!! - eBay (18 Feb 2010)

This padlock had a high bid of $576 (Plus $6.95 Shipping).

Mar 15, 2010

More: Pratt's Combination Handcuffs Nippers

On the heels of an auction for a rare set of Pratt's Combination Handcuffs Nippers come two more auctions:


First set:

Pratt's Antique Police Handcuffs w/Leather Case - L@@K

Pratt's Antique Police Handcuffs - 1916 w/Leather Case - L@@K

On Feb-25-10 at 08:03:39 PST, seller added the following information:


Notice to Bidders:

I had to have a custom key made for thes handcuffs and it will be arriving before the close of this auction and will be included with this sale. - eBay (28 Feb 2010)

This set had a high bid of $605.45 (Plus Free Shipping).

Second Set:

ANTIQUE Police Pratt's Combination Handcuffs Nippers

NO RESERVE...This is an ANTIQUE set of Pratt's Combination Claw Nippers Police Hand Cuffs...This set was used by an Oakland Police Officer and has the engraving C.J.M. / O.P.D. on one side...Includes the leather belt cuff holder...I do not have a key...This is one from the first series invented by a Lt. Pratt of Oakland in the early 1900s...Overall a very nice set of fairly rare cuffs...High Bidder Pays Shipping. - eBay (19 Feb 2010)

This set had a high bid of $562.50 (Plus $5.55 Shipping).

Mar 14, 2010


Keep in mind that they are no longer called Chechoslovakia since the fall of communism...

Marke / Modell: RALK
Hersteller: ?
Land: Tschechoslowakei
Gewicht: 385 g

Wahrscheinlich die älteste Tschechoslowakische Handschellen aus 1949, gestempelt „RALK-SNB-49“ und „MADE IN CHECHOSLOVAKIA“. Dieses Model ist ohne Nickel ganz selten zu finden.

1 Schlüssel, die beide Seiten arbeiten einwandfrei. Allgemeiner sehr guter Zustand.


Die Tschechoslowakei bestand als Staat 1918–1939 und 1945–1992, derzeit Tschechei und Slowakai.
- eBay (7 Feb 2010)

This set of cuffs had a high bid of 37.49 Euros/$51.57 (Plus 16 Euros Shipping).

Mar 5, 2010

Spanish Colonial Large PadLock with Key

This is a very nice padlock. Too bad they don't make them like this anymore.

Here is a large hand made Spanish Colonial pad lock with the key. It works very well. It is the first one I have ever had with a key, making it pretty rare. IOt is about 5" tall x 4" x 1 1/4". A great early piece dating to about 1800. From an old Santa Fe etate. I sell my listings WITHOUT A RESERVE , and NO returns. Study the pictures before bidding, and ask question if you are unclear about anything. We described things as best we can but we are not experts in every field. You may know more about the item then we do. You are the judge as to quality and value. - eBay (4 Jan 2010)

This padlock had a high bid of $463 (Plus $9 Shipping).