War Memorabilia & Australiana + Wine & Spirits + Estate & General - Sale 7872 - Lot 61

 

20 April 2012,

Lot 61
Convict Leg Irons & Neck Collar Combination research suggests these were only used on convicts considered extremely dangerous, their use was extremely rare. Following the British Parliamentary Inquiry (1836) into the treatment of Private Sudds (1826) who died within 24 hours of being restrained with a neck & collar iron (as a prisoner) their use was further limited. The makers name HIATT is impressed on the inside of the neck collar (partially obscured by the flattened end of the securing chain eyelet) and also on one of the leg irons. The British Ordinance mark is not visible, this may be the result of obvious ware on the chains. (weight - 6.5kg)
Estimate $1,500-2,500
Sold for $7,250