Re: Mattatuck

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Posted by J. Lauher on September 27, 2000 at 06:29:31:

In Reply to: Mattatuck posted by Atame on September 27, 2000 at 03:53:08:


The Mattatuck company made three types of handcuffs.
Maltby, Judd and Mattatuck.

The Maltby cuffs are the most interesting. They
have a trip lever that automatically closes the
cuffs. Unfortunately the mechanism breaks
easily and one should be sure to test them with
a key before purchase. Buying a Maltby without
a test is real risk. A average working pair with a key
is worth perhaps $250. There are many different variations
to the Maltby cuffs, some have flat keys with
different styles and some have round keys.

The Judd handcuff are heavier and do not have
the trip lever. They are cocked for locking by
opening the cuff to the largest possible extent
before closing. They use a round key like some
of the Maltby handcuffs. A nice pair is worth
perhaps $200. It is easy to find rusty pairs,
that are worth less.

The Mattatuck handcuff is like a Judd and operates
like a Judd, but uses a more traditional looking
key. They were the most successful model and
cosequently are the easiest to find. An average
pair with key can be found for $80-$100. A really
nice pair in mint condition would go for more. A
rusty pair with no key can be found for less.

Have fun looking

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