Celebrating 100 Years 1914 - 2014

Peerless® Handcuff Company was established in 1914 in Springfield, Massachusetts. Now,100 years later the classic swing through design of the original Peerless® handcuff continues to be an industry standard.

James Milton Gill founded the company after purchasing the patent for a new handcuff design that would revolutionize the law enforcement profession. The inventor was George Carney. Carney’s innovation was the now familiar swing through self locking handcuff. Unlike other restraints of the day, this design was relatively lightweight and easy to carry. The new style handcuff also gave officers a significant advantage since it was easily applied and effectively restrained both hands. The combination of lightweight and ease of use greatly increased officer and public safety.


"Guardians of the Law - Stop the Fracas without injury to yourself."

"SNAP! As quick as a flash, with one hand, if you are equipped with Peerless® handcuffs you can end the affray and easily handle your man without further danger."

Early Peerless® Handcuff Company marketing literature

The new Peerless® handcuff quickly became popular, rendering other types of handcuffs obsolete. Over time, and after the patent expired, the design was copied by most other handcuff manufacturers.

Now in its fourth generation, Peerless® Handcuff Company remains a family business committed to producing the finest restraints available. We offer a full range of metallic restraint products and accessories. These products are used by law enforcement, correction and military agencies throughout the US and abroad.

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