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    Sale 2239 | Lot 4
    Price Realized: $4,320With Buyer's Premium
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    • Sale 2239 Lot 4

      (SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) Pair of "Middle Passage" Slave Shackles. Wrought iron, 13 inches long with wrist pieces 3-1/2 inches wide; pitting and oxidization consistent with age and material. Np, 1750-1800
      Estimate $1,500-2,500

      A pair of shackles of the sort used during the cruel "Middle Passage" from Africa to the Americas. Images of such shackles appear in numerous early anti-slavery books and tracts. For specific examples, see: "An Abstract of the Evidence," London 1791; Lydia Maria Child's "Appeal in Behalf of that Class of Americans called Africans," Boston, 1833; and Lorenzo Dow, "Slave Ships and Slaving," Massachusetts, 1927.

      Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $4,320