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May 21, 2009

CLEVELAND 4-WAY PADLOCKS

Here are some recent examples of Cleveland 4-way Padlocks:
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antique Cleveland"4-WAY" A-2 padlock brass NEW IN BOX





VINTAGE BRASS PAD LOCKS WITH VERY UNUSUAL KEYS. THESE LOCKS HAVE A KEY WHICH HAS A +CROSS SHAPED SECTION. THEY WERE MANUFACTURED BY THE 4-WAY LOCK COMPANY IN CLEVELAND, OHIO. RESEARCH I DID IN THE PAST SHOWED THESE WERE PURCHASED BY RAILROADS IN THE 1940'S FOR HIGH SECURITY PURPOSES. ONE SOURCE SAID ORIGINAL COST WAS $380.00 EACH AND REPLACEMENT KEYS WERE $75 EACH.

THIS LOCK IS MODEL A-2 AND MEASURES 2 1/2 INCHES TALL AND 1 3/4 INCHES WIDE AND 1 INCH THICK. THE BRASS FINISH IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION. IT STILL HAS A TAG ON THE HASP WHICH OFFERS REPLACEMENT KEYS. THE BOX SHOWS ITS AGE BUT IS COMPLETE. - eBay (6 April 09)

This padlock sold for $127.75 (Plus $10 Shipping).
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RARE ANTIQUE CLEVELAND 4 WAY BRASS LOCK & KEY






YOU ARE BIDDING ON A RARE ANTIQUE CLEVELAND 4 WAY BRASS LOCK & KEY IN EXCELLENT WORKING CONDITION. LOCK IS MARKED ON THE FRONT, CLEVELAND 4-WAY LOCK IN AN OVAL WITH RAISED LETTERS. BOTTOM OF LOCK IS MARKED #5/UYRWO AND PAT'S PEND. KEY IS 4 SIDED IN SHAPE AND IS MARKED, LXV/UYRWW/5. DON'T MISS OUT ON THIS RARE LOCK & KEY. - eBay (6 May 09)

This padlock sold for $55.99 (Plus $5.75 Shipping).
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Vintage Cleveland 4-Way Prison Lock & Key N/R L@@K!







Cleveland 4-way locks and padlocks were considered to be THE high security locking system of their time...with a odd-shaped 4-way key and cylinder..Mainly in the 1940's and 50's....Cleveland 4-way Lock Manufacturer also produced different types of locks for many applications, not just padlocks...Still today according to some locksmith buddies, considering no one enjoys taking these Cleveland locks apart to decode...it's a nightmare even for the professional. I always purchased the nastiest Cleveland locks, refurbished, and added to my collection. This particular lock was cleaned, and with a brass wire wheel, brought back to it's bright beauty. The are 2 notches grinded in the lock and 2 in the key. It was a common practice for quick ID to a common door or slot in a correctional setting... Padlocks in prisons were common and had to be high security due to a lot of thugs.............. (Temporary Housed Under Goverment Supervision) were professional locksmiths by criminal trade...These locks, in my opinion, are still virtually pickproof...

The spring on the cylinder is very tight (this is a good thing.) The spring on the shaft is weak and will not pop open like it should, and when it is open, wiggles a tad bit but is definately secured. All the Cleveland locks I have cannot have the key removed when the lock is in the open position. The key can be removed in the open position on this lock. I have 5 different models, and on 4 locks, the key can be remove in the open position. One model the key cannot be removed open. ..............................A lock offered last week (click on link) http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&item=250397838900

claimed they were purchased and used by the railroad. I do not doubt this, but I know if fact they were used in the midwest prison systems also, as my first one purchased was from a former employee and then Warden from the Montana and Washington State Systems.

This is a beautiful piece. Lots of photos so you be the judge! - eBay (26 April 09)

This padlock sold for $31.75 (Plus $5 Shipping).
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AS IS Vintage Cleveland 4 Way Lock Prison with Key #9


This AS IS Vintage (3 x 2-inchs) Cleveland 4 Way Lock Prison with Key #9 is in Good Vintage Condition. NOTE: pictures of the back side of this item are ready, email me your email address to view them. - eBay (30 April 09)

This padlock sold for $19.99 (Plus $5 Shipping).
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CLEVELAND 4-WAY LOCK






This is a CLEVELAND 4-WAY LOCK With a Steel Shackel, The lock measures 3 1/8.

The lock is numbered OWHRH---- The key is numbered OWHRH and it unlocks the lock. WILL ONLY SHIP TO THE LOWER 48 - eBay (18 May 09)

This padlock had a high bid of $15 (Plus $4.95 Shipping) but failed to meet the reserve price. I was the bidder on this item. My bid was much higher but failed to meet the seller's reserve price.
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