Iron with Bell from the Days of Slavery
This iron had a bell so owners could hear if the enslaved worker took a break
Enslaved people were always kept under a watchful eye by their owners. This iron was crafted by an unknown blacksmith. A bell inserted into the flat base rang as the iron moved back and forth, making it possible for owners to monitor the enslaved men and women's work by sound.
Elvin Holt, Ph.D., Professor of English, Texas State University, San Marcos
5 1/4" Length x 2 1/2" Width x 3" Height
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