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Historical restraints from the Lincoln era

I took pictures of these restraints during a recent visit to the museum across the street from Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. These are rigid handcuffs and ankle shackles used on Dr. Samuel Mudd, who was the doctor who treated the fugitive John Wilkes Booth.

Samuel Mudd ridig handcuffs and leg cuffs

 

And here is a reproduction of the type of canvas hood they used on the conspirators in the Lincoln assassination — including Lewis Powell.

hood used on lincoln conspirators

 

I made a visit to this museum while on a business trip recently. I was with a female co-worker, who no doubt was wondering why I was so interested in these particular items.

To learn a bit more about these types of historical restraints, see this previous posting.