A rare solid brass MIX patent counting lock made by the Townsend Lock Mfg. Co., Buffalo, NY. This is a quality lock that is not seen in this good condition anymore. This lock is probably the first US made counting lock. The counting mechanism has an enclosed nickle plated wheel with numbers from 1 to 32. Each time the lock is opened the number changes in a small window. The lock stops at 32 to prevent the lock from cycling through the numbers. A wax seal cup holds the stop. The wax must be broken to reset the lock. The stop has been rotated 90 degrees to make the lock more friendly to operate. The stop can be activated by removing a screw and rotating the stop.
The lock is in very good condition with no major damage. It only has the usual small dents and scrapes found in a lock that has seen service. The lock is well marked US INTERNAL REVENUE on the rear. The lock comes with an operating key and is mechanically perfect. The lock has a five lever mechanism. SIZE: 2.75"w x 3.25"h x 1.25"d. 1.1lb. - eBay (24 Jan 2010)
This padlock had a high bid of $762.99 (Plus $5 Shipping).