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Military and Wartime3329 of 5971GAR plate with 2 starsUnique Milwaukee Militia Medal
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Posted 4 years ago


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I bought this at an auction last night. Is it a prisoner shackle? Any info on age or value? I thought it was perfect for my office.

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  1. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    Originals are worth some money.

    MOST of what is found today in antique malls and at auctions are modern.

    Key to making a determination is a detailed inspection: Is the chain hand forged? Is the rusting just a modern surface rust applied to give the appearance of age? How is the chain connected to the ball?

    All that I see in your photos would indicate this is a Modern creation (MY Opinion).

  2. Wedgwhat, 4 years ago
    Thanks. Here are the only markings I find. Posted pics of markings. Key twists to lock it closed.

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