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May 9, 2012

VINTAGE BEAN GIANT 1887 HANDCUFFS

Here is another nice example of a Bean Giant.

THESE ARE VERY RARE HANDCUFFS WITH KEY MADE BY BEAN GIANT IN 1887. THESE ARE THE TYPE OF HANDCUFFS THAT BECAME HOUDINI'S FAVORITE HANDCUFFS AS THEY WERE DESIGNED TO MAKE ESCAPE DIFFICULT BY HOLDING THE HANDS TIGHTLY TOGETHER. THEY ARE NICKEL PLATED AND HAVE TOP AND BOTTOM RELEASE BUTTONS. THEY WERE MADE IN U.S.A. AND ARE IN GREAT WORKING CONDITION AND HAVE JUST A TINY SPOT OF RUST AS CAN BE SEEN IN PICTURES AND THAT WOULD CLEAN RIGHT OFF. A GREAT OPPERTUNITY TO OWN RARE HANDCUFFS WITH ORIGINAL KEY.  
Question & Answer  
Q: Hello, neat item. Here's my question: This cuff was designed so that the arms could swing in and out of the lockcase freely. This allowed the cuff to be carried in a closed, but unlocked position. When the cuff needed to be applied, the user depressed the little buttons "arming" the cuff, at which point the cuff arms clicked into the lockcase and wouldn't swing back out until released with the key. When unlocked, the cuff arms should swing in and out of the lockcase, until the buttons are depressed. Does the cuff work this way? In other words, will the arms swing in and out until the buttons are pushed? Thanks for your response and best of luck on the auction.  
A: Hi, That is exactly how the cuffs work and I should mention that they are also adjustable to fit wrist. Thanks - eBay (1 May 2012)
This Bean Giant had a high bid of $1,076 (Plus $13.40 Shipping).
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