"Middle Passage" slave shackles. SLAVERY.

"Middle Passage" slave shackles.

Ca.1750-1800.

Wrought iron, two semicircular wrist pieces (approx. 4 inch in diameter) attached to an 11-inch long bar. Oxidization consistent with age and material Item #306275

A set of shackles of the type used in the Middle Passage slave route from Africa to the Americas in the 18th century. An illustration of this type of shackle appears on page 16 of Lydia Maria Child's Appeal in Behalf of that Class of Americans Called Africans (Boston, 1833), where she notes that these shackles were used to secure the ankles of adjacent slaves. "Yet even thus secured, they do often jump into the sea, and wave their hands in triumph at the approach of death"

Price: $2,500.00 Free International Delivery