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Nov 30, 2012

Burns Patent Bottle Lock

This is an interesting special purpose lock for sure. Even better that it appears to be in perfect condition.

This lock was made before its Patent was obtained (later similar models include the date 'January 1881'). Probably made by Thomas Turner & Co of Wolverhampton (a quality manufacturer), whose name is on the later patented locks. Fine all over nickel plating, possibly over brass. Not original key only works occasionally, but is included. To lock, the plunger is pressed down, after enclosing the assembly around the bottle top. The plunger springs open when the key is operated. An excellent and unusual antique lock - quite heavy to the feel. 2.1" (5.3cm) high x 1.5" (3.7cm) diameter - very collectable. - eBay (25 Nov 12)
This lock had a high bid of 64 British Pounds (Plus 5.60 Pounds Shipping).

Nov 28, 2012

Paper Seal Padlock 19th Cent. | Cadenas | Vorhangeschloss | Clef Key

This is an interesting French seal padlock. It is an older version of one that I possess. It would have been nice to add this one to the collection, but it seems that someone wanted it more than I did.

Up for auction is a nice large antique Brass Paper Seal Padlock, France 19th Century. It is marked: ACCISES No 342 B. COLLIER CONSTRUCTEUR FOURNISSEUR DE L'ADMINISTRATION When the padlock is opened the paper seal inside will be damaged. The Padlock measures 4.9 Inches (12,5cm) High and 2.5 Inches (9cm) wide. The key is 2.2 Inches (5,5cm) long The Padlock is in overall good and used condition. It is also in a working condition. It weighs approx 717gr - eBay (24 Nov 12)
This seal padlock had a high bid of 400 British Pounds/$641 (Plus 15 Pounds Shipping).

Nov 21, 2012

Brass Patent Star Padlock

I am not sure what to think of this padlock. I wanted to think that it was a fake from India. However, I have no clue.

Unusual Antique Brass Patent Star Padlock & Key Vintage Lock Miniature Mini ODD Great antique brass & iron padlock with original iron key. Very good working condition. Very unusual key and keyway. Besides having the typical dust cover this lock also has a spring loaded interior dust cover that the key pushes in when you insert to unlock. The lock measures 1 5/16 inch across widest, 1 3/4 inch long, and is 7/16 inch thick. The lock has the word PATENT and a STAR symbol stamped into it. - eBay (18 Nov 2012)

This padlock had a high bid of $88.98 (Plus $6.10 Shipping).

Nov 19, 2012

Edwin Cotterill’s padlock

I really like these padlocks. I still have yet to catch one at the right price.

Edwin Cotterill’s padlocks are amongst the most prized by collectors and are extremely rare. This is a really big, extremely sturdy and heavy one (nearly 1kg) – it is 5 inches tall and has company name and factory location (Birmingham) and makers marks. The lock is working perfectly and has two original very complicated keys. It is in great condition. The escutcheon is held in place by a little sprung button on the body of the lock. The end of the key is used to depress the button and move the escutcheon to reveal the keyhole. Rare and very collectable lock. - eBay (18 Nov 2012)
This padlock had a high bid of 555 British Pounds/$879.45 (Plus 22 Pounds Shipping).

Nov 15, 2012

Small Clarke Combination Brass Padlock

This is a nice example of an intricate combination padlock. Actually, these are very cool. I have one but I do not have the cover for it.

This is a very old brass padlock that was manufactured by the Clarke Lock Co. Philadelphia. The padlock measures about 2 1/4" in width, 3 5/16" in length and about 1 3/8" in thickness. You can see the Pat'd date on the back is Feb. 4, 1873 Revised Feb. 29 1876. You can see all 12 tumblers are intact and the front cover with the chain link is also intact. I do not know the combination. I would say the overall condition is good for the age but it has been used as you can see from the pictures. Had trouble getting a good picture of the date on the back of the padlock. Buyer pays shipping charges . - eBay (6 Nov 2012)
This padlock had a high bid of $1,264 (Plus $8.75 Shipping).

Nov 13, 2012

`Hiatt` Style Cap Wrist Locks

This is a very nice, albeit somewhat rusty rare set of Cap Wrist Locks.

A beautiful old chain and cap wrist locks for restraining a group of prisoners, in this case five. I believe that this possibly dates to the end of the C19th, C1890. I think that these cap wrist locks were originally designed by Hiatt. It must be an interesting story to learn how a chain that would have held a gang of prisoners came to end up at a car boot sale in North Yorkshire in a box load of rusty old spanners... A google search for `chain room` at Millbank or Dartmoor will give a result showing these items in situ (see photo below). Pictures of chain rooms show the restraints hung on the walls and I wonder if they would have been numbered when being stored, perhaps the numbers relate to different wrist sizes as, as can be seen from one of the photos they did come in different sizes to accomodate varying wrists. Or maybe the number was allocated to a particular prisoner ... so that if a wrist lock was missing so was the prisoner !

This particular chain measures 58" long. There are 5 cap wrist locks, one of which is missing the actual `cap`, all of the others have stamped matching numbers (see photos). The largest in size are stamped 52 & 65, the next size down is stamped 13, the next is stamped 46, and the smallest is stamped 11. The bit that looks like half a pair of handcuffs is in fact the end lock which was used to stop the wrist locks from coming off the gang chain. This end lock has no key. I have been over this with a fine tooth comb and can find not even the faintest hint of a makers stamp. As you can see from the photos, I havnt cleaned or touched this, so there is some surface rusting, but the hinges on the locks are good. If you have any further questions I would welcome such enquiries.

Just been horrified by the prices for postage. The parcel will weigh over 2 kgs which means that it will have to be sent by Courier.... or... I can split it into 2 parcels which will keep it below the Royal Mail limit but in most cases there wont be much of a difference when you add in 2 tracking costs. If you have any further suggestions or preferences please let me know. - eBay (4 Nov 2012)
This set of Cap Wrist Locks had a high bid of 831 British Pounds / $1,322.12 (Plus Shipping).

Nov 5, 2012

Palmer Handcuffs

I am still without an authentic set of Palmer handcuffs for my collection. I do have a set of replicas, but it is not the same thing. Still it is nice to have that set.

This set of Palmer handcuffs had a high bid of $1,280 (Plus $5.25 Shipping).

Nov 2, 2012

Cherub Story Padlock

Here is another recent listing for a story padlock in excellent condition. This one is known as 'The Cherub'.

Vintage Old Padlock w/Key that works** Not sure of age Engraved with Child, Bird, Tree on one side Engraved Bird, Tree & Lettering on the other side I think it's made of brass **The lock sometimes needs closing several times before it catches Approximate Measurements: 3" Tall by 2 1/4" Round 1/2" Thick Weighs 5.8oz. Smoke and Pet Free Sold as is, all sales are final Payment within 3 days of auction end required On Oct-22-12 at 15:39:25 PDT, seller added the following information: I been informed that this lock is called a "STORY" PADLOCK - eBay (28 October 2012)
This padlock had a high bid of $1,592.89 (Plus $4.99 Shipping).