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Price Realized: $4,500 With Buyer's Premium Show Hammer Price
Sale 2441 Lot 4
CHILLING TO CONSIDER (SLAVERY AND ABOLITION--ATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE.) Pair of Middle Passage shackles made for a child. Wrought iron, consisting of a 5 inch long bar to which are attached two "cuffs" 2 inches in diameter; encrustation consistent with burial in damp soil or sea water. Ghana, 18th century to early 19th century
Estimate $2,500 - 3,500
very rare middle passage shackles made to be put on a young child, attesting to the soulless cruelty of the atlantic slave trade. It is hard to imagine how someone could be involved in such monstrous traffic in human beings, and still be family men, politicians, bankers and members of "polite society." Yet engravings of the manner in which people were transported across the Atlantic, such as that of the slave ship Brookes confirm it.Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $4,500