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Unknown Double Darby from the UK

August 25 2017 at 12:37 PM
Nils  (no login)

Dear friends,

recently found this strange double darby type handcuff in the UK. It didn't come with a key, but one from a (non-regular) darby fit.

Has anyone seen this type before? There is a backstrap element. I used some WD 40, but haven't cleaned them up much otherwise. It works fine.

I'll try hosting pics with my e-mail provider, we'll see if it works. The link is safe, I haven't found out if I can embed the photos directly here. Joe, if you can do it, be my guest.
Have a nice weekend!

Nils

https://c.web.de/@319393420638424769/R_G2AAEsRcSsiBXanzKG5Q

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This message has been edited by lauher on Aug 25, 2017 6:48 PM


 
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Steve Santini
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Re: Unknown Double Darby from the UK

August 25 2017, 1:42 PM 

Nice cuffs!

Now we know where Houdini got the inspiration for the shape of his Mirror cuffs from.

Just kidding... or maybe not.

Steve Santini

 
 
Joseph Fox
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Re: Unknown Double Darby from the UK

August 25 2017, 4:24 PM 

Yeah, the Pakistan/Indian repro. handcuff companies are known to poke around this site and "Houdini" sites in order to get ideas for bringing new cuffs to the market.

This looks like their modern attempt at Houdini's "Mirror Challenge Handcuff".

That said, it is a pretty cool handcuff.

 
 
Ebayer
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Re: Unknown Double Darby from the UK

August 25 2017, 6:11 PM 

Ebay #311942683222 You had the seller remove the listing

 
 

Nils
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Re: Unknown Double Darby from the UK

August 25 2017, 6:48 PM 

Very interesting cuff. Never seen on quite like it.
Joe

 
 
albert
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Re: Unknown Double Darby from the UK

August 25 2017, 7:25 PM 

there was an old lithograph picture of many cuffs from the 1920's (I think) that Joe tanner once showed or sent out. this type of cuff was among them. I would suggest it's from the late 1800's

 
 
Ebay
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Re: Unknown Double Darby from the UK

August 26 2017, 9:31 AM 


 
 
@ebay
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Re: Unknown Double Darby from the UK

August 26 2017, 8:42 PM 

thanks for the update, ebay photos show it's a back strap darby, very nice find and cheap at that price. lucky buyer.

 
 
Paul Davies
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Re: Unknown Double Darby from the UK

August 30 2017, 3:28 AM 

I think it has at least 5 features of a very early cuff and non of an Indian repro.
Nice find Nils

 
 
Griffin, Michael Griffin
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Re: Unknown Double Darby from the UK

September 8 2017, 2:56 PM 

Holy Crap!!! that is a cool cuff

 
 
Joseph Fox
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Unknown Cuff

September 8 2017, 5:35 PM 

wow--how had this alluded us?

..just when you think you've seen and/or read all about British Darbies, something like this appears out of nowhere.

This is what keeps this hobby so interesting.

 
 
 
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