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Rustic Yuma Territorial Prison Leg Irons Shackles

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These Rustic Yuma Territorial Leg Irons or Shackles will take you back to the outlaw days of the Wild, Wild West! These vintage prisoner leg irons are a replica of a fetter used by Yuma Arizona prison guards. Made from cast iron, these replicated western shackles are fully functional with a screw key that unlocks or locks either cuff of the shackles. This intriguing leg irons feature a chain link design with two 3-1/2" cuffs and measure 54" from end to end. They antique looking metal cuffs are brown and orange with a rusty patina. These interesting leg shackles would be the perfect accessory for a costume, enhance a room with western decor, or would be convincing for theater.

Leg irons, shackles, leg cuffs, fetters or foot cuffs are all terms that relate to physical restraints placed on the ankles or feet that prohibits kicking and running; however, it will allow an individual to walk. These items are all called fetters, which restrain or restrict someone or something in some way, shape, or form. Leg irons or shackles are used on prisoners. If an animal has been placed in shackles, it must have been considered dangerous and capable of escaping.

On July 1, 1876, the Yuma Territorial Prison incarcerated its first inmate. From that day forward, 3,040 men and 29 women served sentences for crimes ranging from polygamy to murder. The prison was continually under construction with its prisoners as the laborers. In the year 1909, the last prisoner was transferred from the Yuma Territorial Prison to the Arizona State Prison Complex in Florence, Arizona.

Between 1910 and 1914, the prison was transformed into the Yuma Union High School. The school’s football team was scheduled to play a game against Phoenix Union. Phoenix was favored to win. In an upset, the Yuma football team won, so the Phoenix football team called them “criminals”. The administration of Yuma Union high school adopted the ‘hardened criminal” looking mascot and nicknamed him "Crims". The students’ merchandise store was named the Cell Block.

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