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Nov 25, 2014

US Treasury Lock - Heavy Brass Clarke Combo Padlock

One of my favorite styles of combination padlocks. Rare and yet still affordable for those willing to save for a while. This one for some reason was a little more expensive than average. Perhaps it is indicative of increased demand.

This beautiful brass government seal lock was made for use by the U.S. Treasury Dept., by Clarke Combination Lock Co. in Baltimore, MD. Original pat. date of 1873 and reissued in Feb. of 1876. Over 138 years ago! It is in wonderful condition for its age and works great. There are some older small tool marks on the back plate, which closes tight and still has the retaining spring clip behind it. Some newer tool marks on the knurled turn ring and the loss of some chrome. Beautiful patina and a smooth working, great feeling lock. Very collectible! - eBay (24 Oct 2014)

This padlock had a high bid of $799 (Plus Free Shipping).

Nov 23, 2014

U.S. INT.REV [internal revenue] SEAL PADLOCK PAT. Jan. 1878

 Here is another padlock that I have never seen before. Clearly a rare item.

Listed for a limited time only is this rare seal lock with original key both numbered 3283. The face of this all brass lock reads ,from top to bottom, 3283[on lock handle],U.S.IN. REV, IMPROVED PATENT APPLIED FOR, CANTON SEAL $ REGISTER LOCK CO., PATENTED JANUARY.1.1878. Key #3283 opens lock easily and all functions as should. Lock and key show little ware with few surface scratches. Brass patina is great. I would give both a 9 out of 10 rating. This rare lock is in high command among collectors.This particular lock was used by our beloved IRS on their money bags, money collected from rum taxes - eBay (17 Nov 2014) 
 This padlock had a high bid of $1,600 (1 Bidder) (Plus $10 Shipping).

Nov 20, 2014

19th Century E. Cotterill & Co A20 Padlock

What an amazing padlock. The final bit price is simply amazing. Then again, it is the one and only new Cotterill padlock that has come up for auction that I can remember.

Beautiful 19th Century Edwin Cotterill A20 Padlock.

Googled it and think it is a Royal Climax Detector

Original, boxed, mint condition with 2 amazing key still wrapped in oiled paper.

Boxed in mint condition

This lock is unused in great condition, I have googled this item and found out it is one of the most desired locks out there. It has all the marks and patent stamped on it and the original box has a small hand written line “Brass Lock 1898” I personally think it is a bit earlier more 1870 ish.,-wolverhampton-16529620

Measurements 110mm long X 68mm Wide when closed. It weighs 0.75 kg. - eBay (24 Oct 2014)
This padlock had a high bid of 5,500 British Pounds / $8,616 (Plus $ Shipping).

Jan 13, 2014


Here is an example of one of the more rare story padlocks.

Don't miss this one, any serious collector knows how rare this lock is. This would make a great Christmas gift for any lock collector. You don't fine them with the original key or in this condition.. This lock is in such great condition no crack or broken parts no etching or pitting, it is very well detailed. I looked on the net, the ones I seen are not as nice as this one and sold for $600.00 and up, one I think it said sold in Main for $4000.00.

The lock features Chinamn on front and legs with dog bitting ankle and whisky bottle in back pocket, on the reverse side it also shows a patent date 1818 that's what it looks like to me. This lock was listed in the Trenton Lock and Hardware Co. 1880 catalog, as No. 1785 ( John Chinaman ) it was next to No. 1787 ( Great Western ) also known as the Werewolf lock.

Lock measures 4" x 2 1/2" inches

I don't take good pictures I tried with flash and with out, if someone is interested and needs more I will take more.

Please look at all the pictures and email any question before bidding.

Thank you for looking and good luck.

On Dec-02-13 at 13:34:59 PST, seller added the following information:

This was sent from a ebayer

This is a Story Padlock. the story depicts a a theif that stole a bottle of booze. the shop owners dog saw this, and bit the theif, getting the owners attention. the owners hand can be seen taking the bottle of booze out of the thief's back pocket.

On Dec-10-13 at 08:34:20 PST, seller added the following information:

This was sent to me by Jim, and I thank him for the info.

Hello. Your lock is not from 1818, but rather from 1878. It was patented by John Gerard for the Trenton Lock & Hardware Co. There are 2 patents for this lock, both filed on Oct. 11 1878. The patent #s are USD10913 (this has to do with the raised edges) and USD10877 (this has to do with the face) Patented in 1878, this humorously designed No. 1785 padlock is called "John Chinaman" and as the period's racially insensitive legend has it, a Chinese fellow was attempting to steal a flask of whiskey through a window. On his way out, he was caught by a guard dog, and the hand of the flask's owner is reclaiming his booze. Good luck, - eBay (12 Dec 2013)

This padlock had a high bid of $1,375 (19 bids) (Plus Free Shipping) but failed to meet the reserve price.

Jan 10, 2014

Antique Clock Face 2 Hands Combination Padlock, c.1900

This is another clock face padlock that I have not seen before.

An interesting clock face combination padlock made of brass, steel shackle, with known opening combination.

Very good condition.

Though not marked or signed, considering the style of the ‘dial’ and of the brass hands,- very close to the USA patented Ideal comb.padlock -, we do think this is a USA made item, manufactured c.1900-1930.

Size: d.5,6cm, height 9cm, thickness 2,5cm - eBay (8 Dec 2013)

This padlock had a high bid of $561 (Plus $20 Shipping).

Jan 8, 2014


Here is another coin padlock. This one is interesting in that it has an older coin that has been used in the other examples.


This coin padlock had a high bid of 29.88 British Pounds / $49.49 (Plus 3.30 Pounds Shipping).

Clock Face 2 Hands Combination Padlock, c.1900

This is a very interesting example of a clock face combination padlock.

This padlock did come with the combination.

This padlock had a high bid of $260 (Plus Free Shipping).