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18th early 19th century forged iron Slave Collar



Now fully operational from the beautiful Pacific North West, we encourage all to keep a close eye as we unpack posted offerings and continue what will be an ongoing effort of unpacking the collection while taking stock with an eye toward thinning out our accumulation of treasures. After years of seeking out and acquiring all manner of quality antique Americana from simple but seldom surviving items of special interest to historically important treasures, Janet and I look forward to offering the fruits of our years of seeking out such to new and appreciative homes.

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Emanating from the Civil War curio collection of Pvt. Emerson T. Getchell late of the 3rd Maine Infantry then Co. C of the 17th Maine Infantry, this rare blacksmith forged iron collar remains in purely untouched condition with a 4 to 4 ¾ inch internal diameter and unquestionable evidence of age and originality. With hand wrought construction, the collar was fashioned with three lateral pockets each holding a small stone or two that rattled when the wearer moved about. Sometimes referred to as a crab rattle by collector / historians, this rattle collar or shackle was only one of similarly constructed types to include smaller wrist or ankle devices of the same design intended to detect movement and or location. As such it is said the type saw a primary use in instances of recovered runaway slaves not only for its sound production but as an identifier to discourage future freedom seeking attempts. A rare item that will be of special interest to the collector / historian of the African-American experience, this relic of a darker place in history was part of a large collection of Civil War and related material accumulated by Getchell who settled in Washington D. C. after the war. Traveling extensively the Maine veteran amassed a large collection much of which was donated to the Hubbard Free Library in Hallowell, Maine where much of the material was displayed until the 1950s before being relegated to storage. In 1991 Library officials commissioned Jacob’s Well Auction Co. in Farmingdale, Maine to sell the Getchell material as part of a fund drive. In a small auction advertisement (a copy to be provided) a mix of such as a framed map of Capt. John Smith’s Virginia, Libby Prison relics, slavery items, Confederate knife and lots of unique small items were all set down as a Partial E. T. Getchell listing. As such this rarely surviving runaway slave collar went unnoticed and unappreciated. Buy with confidence! We are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales! Just send us a courtesy e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

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