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Publication numberUS349696 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateSep 28, 1886
Publication numberUS 349696 A, US 349696A, US-A-349696, US349696 A, US349696A
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 349696 A
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SPECIPICATIQN forming part of Letters Patent No. 349,696,6ated September 28, 1886.

Application filed August 1.7, 1886. Serial No. 211,154.

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, NATHAN DA'vrs, a citizen of the United States, residing-at Augusta,

- in the county of Richmond and State of Georgia,

have invented a new and useful Improvement in Manacles, of which the following is a specification.

My invention is an improved manacle, of the peculiar and novel construction hereinafter de scribed, and particularly noted in the claims.

The object of my invention is to provide a manacle to be used as a substitute for straightjackets and handcnfi's, for securing the hands of lunatics and other prisoners, to prevent them from injuring their person or doing damage to others.

In the accompanying drawings, Figure 1 is a view showing my manacle secured in position upon the body of a person; and Fig. 2 is a view of the manacle detached, or when not in use. Fig. 3 is a longitudinal section there of.

Referring by letter to the drawings, my i1n proved manacle consists of a belt, A, constructedof stout and pliable leather or heavy flexible rubber. One end, B, of this belt is cut narrow or reduced in size, and isprovided with openings 1), for a purpose to be explained. Attached to the opposing end of the belt A is a buckle, (l, which receives the reduced end B of the belt, and by reason of the openings b the belt is secured or fastened around the waist of a person.

It will be observed that I provide a number of openings, 6, so that the manacle is capable of accommodating itself to waist-s of difl'ercnt sizes, as may be found necessary.

To the front portion of the belt A, but at a distance apart, are secured loops or bands, which form cuffs D and D, that are adapted to receive the hands. These cuffs are of a conical shape, their inner ends being smaller than their outer ends, for a purposepresently to be explained.

To the inner side of the belt, and to one side of the large ends of the conical cuffs D and D, are secured retaining-strips E and E, provided with buckles e and e, for fastening the wrists in position.

From the foregoing description, taken in connection with the drawings, the manner of using my manacle will be readily understood.

The belt is passed around the waist of a per- (N'o model.)

son and secured in place by the strap B and buckle C, as described, the conical cuffs or loops being in front of the person. The hands are then inserted through the large ends of the said conical loops or cufi's D and D and pushed as far in the cuffs as necessary. The securing or retaining straps E and E are then passed around the wrists of the person, confining the hands firmly in the loops or cuffs, and all efforts on the part of the person to free himself will be resisted.

It will be observed that, by the conical shape of the loops or cuffs, when the hand is pushed down to a certain place it can go no farther, as the other end is so small as to entirely prevent the use of the fingers, and when fastened or retained in this position the hands cannot be used. It will also be noticed that my manacle is especially useful in surgical operations when it is necessary that the hand be confined and use of the fingers prevented. It will further be seen that my improved manacle is not uncomfortable to the person, as it does not hurt the wrist or hand, being made of soft pliable material. If desired, the conical retaining loops or cuffs may be lined with cloth or other soft material.

My device combines extreme simplicity in construction with general efificiency, and being very inexpensive will prove to be a very useful article in asylums, for surgeons, and in 0011- fining all persons of a dangerous character.

I claim-' A 1. The herein-described manacle, comprising belt A, having conical loops or cuffs D and D", secured to the belt and receiving the hands, and means for retaining the hands in the loops or cuffs, as set forth.

2. The herein-described inanacle, comprising belt A, having loops or cuffs D and D, conical in shape, secured thereto, and adapted to receive the hands, and the retaining or securing straps E and E, adapted to pass around the wrists to secure the hands in the loops or cuffs, as set forth.

In testimony that I claim the foregoing as my own I have hereto affixed my signature in presence of two witnesses.




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Cooperative ClassificationE05B75/00