Object Title

Leg irons

Leg irons



Object Number



Purchased at auction as part of a joint lot, from Bonhams, Knightsbridge, 4 March 1998, Sale no. 27,664, lot 651. Ex Larry Bravo Collection. See notes.

Physical Description

Darby-style irons with D-shaped cuffs and integral locking mechanism. The end of the bow fits into a notch cut into the bottom of the lock case. A screw-key can be inserted into the keyhole at the top of the lock case. The lock case itself is cylindrical in shape and has a rounded cap on the base; this feature and the central swivelling chain piece suggest that these irons may be by the Providence Tool Company of Rhode Island (see also marks).


Dimensions: Length of lock case: 650 mm Weight: 955 g (2 lb 2 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

Very faint on keyhole end of lock case: letters O? AND V


Places America


Purchased as part of a lot of 14 items. See also XV37-45 & XV.47-50

Providence Tool Company of Providence, Rhode Island was a foundry and manufacturer producing a wide range of goods. Dates of manufacture of shackles is uncertain, but they are thought to have only been produced during the Civil War era. Providence irons are distinguised by the rounded cap end to the lock case. The lock cases were marked 'Providence Tool Co.'