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McKenzie Mitts

McKenzie Mitts, Nickel-plated set, joined with chain at the palm, each hand stamped Patented March 10 25".
7" long. Invented by Jacob Oliver McKenzie, a sheriff from Phillipsburg, Kansas, the steel mittens" were devised after a handcuffed prisoner captured by McKenzie grabbed the sheriffs gun and shot him in the leg.
The mitts were intended to immobilize a prisoners hands entirely while restrained.

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The following information and photos are courtesy of John Bushey who published an informative article on the McKenzie Mitts in 2011.  We thank him for all his research.

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