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Jun 22, 2011

La Massonette Handcuffs - Policia Buenos Aires

A nice set of escort handcuffs or if you like, a locking nipper...

Vintage Police Handcuff Wiht Key !

Original Policia Buenos Aires

Good Condition - eBay (30 May 2011)
This handcuff had a high bid of $169.50 (Plus Free Shipping).

Jun 20, 2011

1880s US Registered Mail lock Treasury Houdini T-series

Here is a great mail seal padlock. Locks with counters are some of the most interesting.

This US Registered Mail lock has a cast case, shackle collar, and rotating shackle made of architectural bronze. It is circa 1880s but continued in usage through the 1920s, being repaired when necessary. Although ''rotary'' locks have been occasionally listed on eBay being described as the style selected by Harry Houdini for his renowned mail bag escape trick, prop photos reveal that he used this earlier style of lock that opened with a flat key that he concealed within his cheek. The obsolete flat-style key was assigned to the Treasury Department. Although registered mail shipments passed through the postal system with this lock, Post Office Department employees could not open those pouches with their standard-issue keys. Only U.S. Treasury personnel were assigned keys to unlock shipments of currency and coin.

This lock is sold with a professionally-fitted reproduction key that operates the lock and is in excellent condition. There is a small bronze flap covering the rotary numbers ''in the window'' that is currently 0446, meaning it had been opened 446 times. The lock serial number is T 954 and is ex-Mundy collection. All features of the lock are clear and distinct, even though the back view is fuzzy around the edges because used a camera which doesn't have much depth of field for close-up snapshots. - eBay (29 May 2011)

This padlock had a high bid of $362.70 (Plus $8 Shipping).

Jun 14, 2011

HAMMACHER patent VULCAN push key padlock

These are very interesting and pretty rare padlocks.

RARE early 1800's padlock made by & marked A. HAMMACHER on one side of this cast iron padlock shackle & PATENT on the other side..... this is a rare PUSH KEY lock & key pushed up under one of the WINGS to unlock the lock...... lock works great & comes with a nice professional locksmith made key......... - eBay (23 May 2011)

This padlock had a starting bid of $499.99 and a buy-it-now price of $565 (Plus $7.50 Shipping) but had no takers.