Vintage Police Nippers, Come-Alongs, Wrist Restraints

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  • Item Category: Fraternal, Political, Organizations
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Mar 13,2011
  • Channel: Online Auction

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This auction is for a vintage set of nickel-plated Police Department Wrist Restraints . They were known as “come alongs” or “nippers”. Most police departments banned their use in the 1960's. They come with the leather holster that attaches to the gun belt.

A patrolman walking a beat would slip these over a prisoner's wrist and twist the chain. The pain was intense and the prisoner had no choice but to follow the policeman, hence the word come-alongs. The policeman would walk the prisoner to the stationhouse with the come-alongs in place.

This piece of scarce police equipment history is in excellent condition. These wrist restraints were made in Germany. The chain is 8 inches long. Excluding the chain, there is some surface rust spots from storage on the handles. The leather holder / holster is excellent.

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