Iron collar and key

Image for Iron collar and key
Manufactured by
Unidentified
Medium
wrought iron
Dimensions
2011.155.285a-Slave collar: 1 1/2 x 6 x 6 1/4 in. (3.8 x 15.2 x 15.9 cm)
2011.155.285b-key: 4 5/8 x 2 9/16 x 7/8 in. (11.7 x 6.5 x 2.2 cm)
2011.155.285c-lock: 3 1/8 × 2 5/8 × 3/4 in. (7.9 × 6.7 × 1.9 cm)
Type
keys (hardware)
collars (neckwear)
Date
18th - mid 19th centuries
Description
Wrought iron slave collar with a three inch locking device and a three inch key. The collar is made up of two pieces of iron attached with a hinged, chain link back. Each end of the collar has an eyelet that can overlap and the lock can be inserted in to. The lock has a cylinder locking mechanism and a curved shackle hinged on one side. The key has an eyelet on one end and a shoulder in the middle of the shaft. The teeth of the key are threaded like a screw.
Topic
African American
Prisons
Slavery
Violence
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2011.155.285abc
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Exhibition
Slavery and Freedom
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Concourse 3, C3 053
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture