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 Post subject: My tedius project
PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2009 10:04 pm 
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It's been a tedius task, but I'm almost done. I have a REALLY old pair of handcuffs that were in such bad shape. I've had them for a while, and never did anything with them. Finally, I got tired of looking at the ugly things, so I decided I would restore them back to (or as close as possible) to their original beauty. I'm not completely done with them...I still have a lot of work to do. However, I thought I'd share my progress with those who may be interested in antique handcuffs. Check 'em out! And yes...The pictures are of the same cuffs.









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For those of you wondering, these are Tower Single Lock cuffs. These particular cuffs are fairly rare. Most common are the double-lock cuffs. These were patented in 1862 and again in 1866. This particular pair was made in 1867. They're in great shape to be 142 years old. The patent stamp is even still readable.

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Location: Waiting as a final load under a very large set of cups. It is dark......
They look pretty good now. Any idea what they're worth?


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Yeah...About $300.00


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HOLY [edited]! :shock:

What did you clean them with to get them back to that state?!


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omg, GOOD JOB! :D


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They were cleaned with a chemical call "PB Blaster"...It's like WD40, but stronger. Scrubbed them with a stiff nylon-bristle brush. Also used 400 grit sandpaper....very smooth...virtually non-abrasive. Then cleaned the locks with WD40. The locks took about 3 hours of work to restore to working order. These cuffs now work like a brand new pair.

Unfortunately, they did not come with a key, but I called my buddy, Mark Cannon, and he fixed me up. So I now have a key to these 140 year old working handcuffs. :wink:

I'll post some pics of them open and some close up pics of the detail if anyone's interested.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2009 3:11 pm 
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Here's a pic of the cuffs opened...


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Here are a few close-up shots....

The swivel hinge

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The chain links

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The bow teeth

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Here's a photo of the locking mechanism...As you can see, I'm still working on it. Small spaces and delicate parts require much patience.

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