Historical information

These handcuffs are Darby style handcuffs used in the 19th and 20th century. They are non adjustable, one size fits all.


Handcuffs are used as a means of restraint for prisoners in custody.

This is on loan to the Beechworth Historic Court House as part of the Robert Simpson policing and legal history collection.

Physical description

Two metal cuffs attached together by a metal ring on each cuff, linked with a swivel in the center to join both ends together. One cuff has a metal key inserted in lock. Key unscrews.

Inscriptions & markings

Serial number on the end of of the cuff locking cylinder is 21C 243.
Serial number RCS 1951 on the second cuff end locking cylinder. One government arrow shaped marking above the numbers. Around the edge of the cylinder end Y shape markings.