Lot 5: (SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) Pair of small "Middle Passage" slave shackles.
March 1, 2012
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Description: (SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) Pair of small "Middle Passage" slave shackles. Wrought iron, with a 13 inch long bar, to which are attached two circular wrist pieces 2-3/4 inches in diameter; smooth and even pitting and oxidization consistent with age and material. Np, 1750-1800
Notes: A pair of shackles of the sort used during the cruel "Middle Passage" from Africa to the Americas; rather small, probably meant for women or young men.