A Collector's Gallery of Handcuffs
Joseph W. Lauher
A Stotz Nipper

A Stotz nipper

Early 20th centuryGermany
A. Stotz Nipper

A. Stotz Nipper

Early 20th centuryGermany
Argus Iron Claw

This is the early model with the exposed sharp edges.

Early 20th centuryUSA
Bean Hook

The Bean hook was patented in 1883.

Late 19th CenturyUSA
Blakely Nipper

Blakely nipper patented in 1891.

Late 19th CenturyUSA
Blakely Nipper

Blakely nipper patented in 1891. This one is made of brass.

Late 19th CenturyUSA
Dowler Nipper

Dowler nipper, likely made by Hiatt.

Late 19th CenturyUK
Eisaman & Rome Nipper

The Eisaman & Rome Nipper was patented in 1906.

Early 20 centuryUSA
Field Nipper

Field Nipper. Likely made by Hiatt.

Late 19th CenturyUK
French Nipper

The S.A. French nipper was patented in 1892.

Late 19th CenturyUSA
French Nipper

This is an unusual nipper of the Phillips design. It has a patent date, but it is for the S.A. French 1892 patent.

Late 19th CenturyUSA
Harrison Nipper

Harrison nipper, patented in 1901.

Early 20th centuryUSA
Hauser Nipper

Ferdinand Hauser nipper from Switzerland.

Early 20th centurySwiss
Hiatt Locking Nipper

This is a rare example of a Hiatt locking nipper. To open the cuff the screw must be turned in. It is difficult to operate.

Mid 19th centuryUK
Hiatt Nipper

This Hiatt nipper has a decorated hinge.

Late 19th CenturyUK
Hiatt Nipper

A heavy Hiatt Nipper marked Hiat Steel.

Late 19th CenturyUK
JGA Come Along

This is a single JGA handcuff with an attached handle. The cuff is marked JGA Germany.

Mid 20th CenturyGermany
Lutz, Royce, Trenor & Chadwick Nipper

The Lutz nipper with its wooden handle is one of the most beautiful cuffs ever made.

Mid 19th CenturyUSA
Malcolm Nipper

The Malcolm nipper was patented in 1911.

Early 20th centuryUSA
Maltby

The Maltby nipper made by Mattatuck is one of the most complicated and least reliable cuffs ever made.

Early 20th centuryUSA
Moersch Nipper

The German Moersch nipper was patented in the USA in 1924.

Early 20th centuryGermany
Phillips Nipper

This is a early Phillips nipper. It is a close match to the original patent.

Late 19th CenturyUSA
Phillips Nipper

This version of the Phillips nipper has the 1869 patent date inscribed on the inside.

Late 19th CenturyUSA
Phillips Nipper

A late model Phillips nipper.

Late 19th CenturyUSA
Powell Nipper

The Powell nipper was patented in 1945.

Mid 20th CenturyUSA
Pratt Combination Nipper

The Pratt combination nipper acts as a standard nipper, but also unfolds to form a handcuff. Patented in 1916.

Early 20 centuryUSA
Pratt Combination Nipper

The Pratt combination nipper acts as a standard nipper, but unfolds to form a handcuff. This is the 2nd model. Patented in 1932.

Mid 20th CenturyUSA
Round Up Nipper

The Round Up Nipper Company was located in Montana. Patented in 1908.

Early 20th centuryUSA
Shear Nipper

The Shear nipper was patented in 1884.

Late 19th CenturyUSA
Stull and Kennedy Billy Club

This unique nipper serves a dual purpose as a bill club. The cuff is a Peerless. Patented in 1931.

Early 20th centuryUSA
Stull and Kennedy Billy Club

This combination billy club and nipper was patented by Stull and Kennedy in 1931. The cuff is an early model Peerless.

Early 20th centuryUSA
Thewlis & Co Nipper

Thewlis & Co was located in Warrington.

Mid 19th CenturyUK
Thewlis & Griffith Nipper

Thewlis & Griffith was located in Warrington.

Mid 19th CenturyUK
Thomas and Smith

The Thomas and Smith nipper was patented in 1888.

Late 19th CenturyUSA
Turner Nipper

Turner of Warrington Nipper

Late 19th CenturyUK
Unknown Brass Nipper

This is an unusual brass nipper. No markings.

Late 19th CenturyUK
Unknown Brass Nipper

This is a heavy brass nipper of unknown origin.

Late 19th CenturyUK
Unknown Nipper

This crude nipper has no locking mechanism.

Mid 19th CenturyUSA
Unknown Nipper

This is a unknown nipper that closes with a plunger and opens with a key.

Early 20 centuryUSA
Unknown Swiss Nipper

This is another Swiss nipper.

Early 20th centurySwiss
Viking Pistol Grip

This is an unusual grip that has a pistol grip. Squeezing the lever ratchets the bow closed.

Mid 20th CenturyUSA
W. R. Pape

W.R. Pape Nipper

Late 19th CenturyUK
Totals: Handcuffs: 265   Legirons: 40   Nippers: 42   Total: 347
Origin: USA: 157   UK: 177   Rest of the World: 17
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