When it came to restraining outlaws and criminals, nothing was more useful than a trusty set of handcuffs. Lord knows the old west saw more than its share of the criminal element due to lawmen being few and far between.
The ratio was probably something like 1 to 500, especially in the less settled regions. Like Alaska.
This first image was what they would’ve had universally here in the U.S. back in those days.
Some of these would’ve been very tortuous. But then, criminals needed a deterrent of some sort and still do.
These were downright barbaric. I pity anyone who had their wrists inserted into these. Oh my dear Lord!