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.