THIS IS A VERY UNUSUAL 1876 BRASS COMBINATION LOCK (COMBINATION INCLUDED) MADE BY CLARKE COMBINATION LOCK CO. OF BALTIMORE MD. THIS LOCK IS STAMPED U.S. TREASURY AND WAS USED BY THEM.THIS LOCK IS FOR SERIOUS COLLECTORS ONLY. I HAVE SEEN ONE OTHER OF THESE LOCKS WHICH SOLD FOR $500.00 IN SEPTEMBER 2008 WHICH IS THE AMOUNT I WILL USE TO OPEN THE AUCTION. ON THE FRONTSIDE HINGED COVER PLATE OF THE LOCK IS THE FOLLOWING INSCRIPTION: CLARKE COMBINATION LOCK CO. BALTIMORE MD. PAT'D. FEB. 4 1873 JUNE. 15. 1875 REISSUED FEB. 29 1876 MFR'S. ALSO YOU WILL SEE A SMALL HOLE IN WHICH A SMALL SEAL WITH WIRE WAS INSERTED AND MARKED WITH THAT PERSONS PERSONAL ID MARK. THIS WOULD SHOW WHO WAS THE LAST ONE TO OPEN THE LOCK. I SHOW IN A COUPLE PHOTOS WHAT THIS SEAL COULD HAVE LOOKED LIKE. I WILL INCLUDE SEVERAL OF THESE LEAD ON WIRE SEALS HOWEVER THESE DID NOT COME WITH THE LOCK WHEN I OBTAINED IT. ON THE BACK OF THE LOCK IS A SLIDING DOOR WITH THE INSCRIPTION: U.S. TREASURY LOCK. I DO HAVE THE COMBINATION WHICH I WILL REVEAL TO THE BUYER. THIS LOCK WAS FORMERLY OWNED BY A FBI AGENT. - eBay
This impressive lock had an opening price of $499.99 (Plus $12.85 Shipping). There was also a hidden reserve. I was ready to bid but since I had no idea of what this seller's expectation was, I figured that I wouldn't waste my time, especially since my limit was $500. Oddly enough, nobody else bid. And now that the auction is over I see the note "RESERVE REMOVED". Oh well, maybe next time.