These Victorian Washburne Bull-Dog Grip cuff holders were not specifically made for gamblers and card cheaters but those with a penchant for risking arrest were known to use these to hide an 'ace up your sleeve' using one end of the clip. Magicians also used these to hide objects up their sleeves.
These fasteners / clips are circa 1896 and were invented by James V. Washburne of Morrison, Illinois. Washburne was a prolific inventor of clips, clasps and fasteners for clothing, key chains and paper. These were all marketed as “Washburne Fasteners.”
These cuff holders were meant to hold a loose shirt cuff tight, with one end of the clip holding the top of the cuff in place and the other end attached to the sleeve opening above the cuff.
These measure about 2-inches long. The metal fasteners are marked Washburne Pat’d Mar 27-94, Feb 4-96 and are in excellent antique condition. Hard-to-find pair and still functional.
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