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Posted 10 months ago

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pw-collector
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A few months ago I posted an old jail door I "saved from the melting pot".
http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/87292-saved-from-the-melting-pot?in=1129
This is what I did with it.
I have a collection of handcuffs and restraints that Smith & Wesson was involved in either manufacturing, had patents on or both, from 1915 to present day manufacturing.
On October 4, 1911, George A. Carney applied for a patent on a handcuff design that used a swing-through, self locking system that was a new conception in restraints and eventually became the new standard for the handcuff industry. His patent, No. 1,017,995, was granted on Feb. 20, 1912. George Carney sold this patent to James Milton Gill, who was the police commissioner of Springfield, Massachusetts. Mr. Gill set up The Peerless Handcuff Company on June 22, 1914. Mr. Gill did not have the manufacturing experience, the facility, or the machinery to launch his new business and acquired handcuff design, but he had a close friend who did, Joseph Wesson of the Smith & Wesson gun manufacturing company also in Springfield, Mass.
The locking mechanism on the Carney patent was not adequate to securely hold a subject in custody without him being able to easily escape, so Joseph Wesson designed a new looking system to be used on the new swing-through handcuff design by George Carney. This patent, No. 1,161,562 was granted to Joseph Wesson on November 23, 1915. This began the relationship of Smith & Wesson manufacturing handcuffs for James Gill and The Peerless Handcuff Company until November of 1940, when Smith & Wesson had to cease the handcuff manufacturing to concentrate on gun manufacturing for WWII.
In 1952 Smith & Wesson designed and started manufacturing handcuffs under their name and company logo, first in their Springfield, Mass. plant until 1979 when they moved their handcuff manufacturing to their Houlton, Maine plant, where they currently manufacture their handcuff & restraint line.
I constructed a portable 8' wide by 12' long, by 8' high jail cell, using my 100 year old jail door, to display my handcuff, belly chain & lead chain collection in. I just returned home from a convention in Kansas City, Mo. where I set up this display. The photos above are in the KCI Convention Center. There are around 100 different Models and variations of Peerless & S&W handcuffs & restraints from 1915 until present day in this display.
Thanks for looking and reading my long explanation,
Dave
It is going to take me some time to catch-up on all the post I have missed the past couple of weeks.

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  1. pw-collector pw-collector, 10 months ago
    Quick link to jail door:
    http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/87292-saved-from-the-melting-pot?in=1129
    Dave
  2. rniederman rniederman, 10 months ago
    Oh my ... you know you're opening yourself up to wild and imaginative stories about the handcuffs ... right? Regardless, very cool.
  3. pw-collector pw-collector, 10 months ago
    Thanks rniederman for the appreciation.
    Dave
  4. pw-collector pw-collector, 10 months ago
    rniederman,
    I'm ready. I'm sure BB2 will have some comments!
    And I wonder why the girlfriends keep disappearing! They see the collection and they are out of here.
    Dave
  5. rniederman rniederman, 10 months ago
    My imagination has already go the best of me! - Rob
  6. Manikin Manikin, 10 months ago
    Very nice pw-collector but in regard to my invite to RSVP for your dinner party I have to decline LOL - Looks pretty scary but what a amazing collection ! Like a museum .
  7. pw-collector pw-collector, 10 months ago
    Thanks bratjdd & mustangtony for the appreciation.
    Dave
  8. pw-collector pw-collector, 10 months ago
    Thanks Manikin for the comments & appreciation. If you change your mind for the dinner party, no need for the RSVP, you can just show up.
    The young children who were at the convention with either their parents or grandparents, had a lot of fun having their pictures taken looking through the door window. Handcuffs were provided for the one's that wanted to be "Locked-Up". Release was given when bail was collected.
    Dave
  9. geo26e geo26e, 10 months ago
    Very impressive Dave! Must have been hard work to transport and set up the enclosure. I am very surprised that the heavy jail door can be hinged against the light weight dry lining wall. Not a handcuff man myself but would like to see your interesting collection! Also, welcome back, we missed your postings. George
  10. pw-collector pw-collector, 10 months ago
    Thanks George for the appreciation. The front steel angle for the door and front wall is 1/4 inch steel. The remainder of the angle for the back & side walls are 16 gage steel. No problem supporting the door.
    I can post some closeup photos & descriptions of some of the rarer ones sometime.
    Dave
  11. pw-collector pw-collector, 10 months ago
    Thanks BB2 for the appreciation.
    Dave
  12. AmberRose AmberRose, 10 months ago
    Wow, really cool. How many folks went in? Did you put out info or a lecture? Do you go anywhere? Obviously I need details because I just realized that I had a zillion more questions. :))
  13. pw-collector pw-collector, 10 months ago
    Thanks pickrknows for the appreciation.
    Dave
  14. pw-collector pw-collector, 10 months ago
    Thanks AmberRose for the appreciation.
    This is a private collectors association convention. Public (Non-Members) are not allowed in. So to answer your 1st question there were about 250 attendees there, and they all went through.
    Question #2: On the lectern outside the door is a (the only printed) copy of a book (reference guide) I wrote on Smith & Wesson's Involvement In Handcuffs & Restraints. I had it on CD's that was available to the members in attendance.
    Question #3: This is the only place I have set up this display. A lot of work to set up & the door weighs approximately 260 pounds.
    I also had jail house rock music playing inside that constantly played:
    Tijuana Jail by the Kingston Trio
    Honky Tonk Jail by Flynnville Train
    Jail-House Blues by Bessie Smith
    A Week In The County Jail by Tom T. Hall
    Mexican Jail by Hickman-Dalton Gang
    Cincinnati Jail by Lonnie Mack
    Jailhouse Rock by Elvis Presley
    Send Me to the 'Lectric Chair' by Bessie Smith
    I Got Stripes by Johnny Cash
    (I just had to add a little culture to the display.)
    Dave
  15. AmberRose AmberRose, 10 months ago
    Thanks pw! So interesting. People must have been fascinated. Can I get your book somewhere? Love the music touch, perfect.
  16. pw-collector pw-collector, 10 months ago
    AmberRose,
    The book is registered with the Copyright Office, but has not been published in print form. I can put it on a CD in a pdf file if you are interested. You can email me (click on pw-collector above) for email information.
  17. pw-collector pw-collector, 10 months ago
    Thanks Geno for the appreciation.
    Dave
  18. pw-collector pw-collector, 10 months ago
    Thanks SEAN68 for the appreciation.
    Dave
  19. walksoftly walksoftly, 10 months ago
    Very impressed, it is an amazing display!
    Believe it or not I grew up in a jail!
  20. pw-collector pw-collector, 10 months ago
    Thanks walksoftly for the kind comments.
    Hope your wardrobe wasn't "stripes".
    Dave
  21. pw-collector pw-collector, 10 months ago
    Thanks Kerry for the appreciation.
    Dave
  22. walksoftly walksoftly, 10 months ago
    No stripes & we could come & go as we pleased as long as we had our parents permission of course.
  23. pw-collector pw-collector, 10 months ago
    walksoftly,
    Sounds like a great experience as a kid.
    Dave
  24. pw-collector pw-collector, 10 months ago
    Thanks Moonstonelover21 for the appreciation.
    Dave
  25. walksoftly walksoftly, 10 months ago
    The "jail" that became our home was purchased by my Grandfather around 1952. It was purchased from the small village of Crandall, MB, & skidded the five miles to it's present location. It was only used once as a jail for one guy that had too much to drink & needed a place to sleep it off.

    David
  26. pw-collector pw-collector, 10 months ago
    Thanks mikelv85 & filmnet for the appreciation.
    Dave
  27. SEAN68 SEAN68, 10 months ago
    I love how you have your handcuff in that modern display inside:)
  28. pw-collector pw-collector, 10 months ago
    Thanks Sean for the kind words. I had a lot of fun doing this display.
    Dave
  29. SEAN68 SEAN68, 10 months ago
    Your very welcome Dave , I would had do this as well :)
  30. petey petey, 10 months ago
    Now this is impressive!!
  31. pw-collector pw-collector, 10 months ago
    Thanks petey for the kind words &appreciation.
    Dave
  32. pw-collector pw-collector, 10 months ago
    Thanks Moonstonelover21 for the appreciation.
    Dave
  33. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 9 months ago
    I would have thought your handcuffs were in your bedroom, by the bed in the nightstand !!~
  34. walksoftly walksoftly, 9 months ago
    Maybe thats where he keeps the ones covered in fun fur !! :-)
  35. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 9 months ago
    I guess if you don't want to put the handcuffs on, he locks you in the jail !!
  36. pw-collector pw-collector, 9 months ago
    Fury & leather restraints are kept in a seperate location.
    Dave
  37. pw-collector pw-collector, 9 months ago
    Thanks PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, gargoylecollector & vetraio50 for the appreciation.
    Dave
  38. pw-collector pw-collector, 9 months ago
    Thanks sarahoff & lisa for the appreciation.
    Dave
  39. pw-collector pw-collector, 8 months ago
    Thanks pops52 for the appreciation.
    Dave
  40. pw-collector pw-collector, 8 months ago
    Thanks AzTom & Moonstonelover21 for the appreciation.
    Dave
  41. pw-collector pw-collector, 8 months ago
    Thanks Radegunder for the appreciation.
    Dave
  42. pw-collector pw-collector, 7 months ago
    Thanks tom61375 for the appreciation.
    Dave
  43. gmanphotog gmanphotog, 3 months ago
    Really impressive cuff collection and display. I don't know how you transport door around- them things ain't light.

    In any case I thought you enjoy having a look at my detention lock collection. Been working on my own display, creatin' my own jail:

    http://www.antique-locks.com/showthread.php/3121-Of-Locks-Salesman-samples-and-Hannibal-Lector-Welcome-to-my-Tower-of-Locks!?p=15956#post15956
  44. Windwalker Windwalker, 3 months ago
    WOW....
  45. pw-collector pw-collector, 3 months ago
    Thanks Windwalker for the appreciation.
    Dave
  46. pw-collector pw-collector, 3 months ago
    Thanks gmanphotog for the appreciation. The cell is 4'x8' panels that bolt together. The door is 240 pounds and cumbersome to handle. I had 3 others to help me hang the door on the frame.
    You have an awesome collection. Thanks for sharing it.
    Dave
  47. DLSHOWMYSTUFF DLSHOWMYSTUFF, 3 months ago
    At first glance I thought you collected eye glasses. Nice collection.

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