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May 20, 2011

Hobbs & Co. London Brass Custom Department Lock

I could not get around the fact that this was being offered from India, thinking all the time that this could be a fake. But looking at the photos of an original one, I suspect that this was actually a good deal, or not. See photos at Antique Padlocks.

Vintage Hobbs & Co. London Brass Custom Department Lock.

Made for Bombay Excise Department.

Very rare lock.

Solid & Heavy,

Key working but not original.

See Photos for more details & actual condition.

Size : 8 x 5 x 14 Cm ( 3.5 x 2 x 5.5 Inch ) Approx.

Weight : 1240 Grams - eBay ()

This padlock had a 'Buy-it-Now' price of $165 (Plus free Shipping).


It helps to keep in mind that most things that appear to be too good to be true most likely are, especially in the lock collecting world when apparently 'rare' items are to be found in India, a place known for fakes.

I am now convinced that the listed above was for a copy of a Hobbs padlock, as magically two more have been found in India. What are the chances? And just what would be the chances that they would all be listed with a 'Buy-it-Now' price....

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