This ia a very cool auction, mostly because the customs padlock comes with an original key. This is the first time I remember seeing one. I suspect that is why this lock went as high as it did.
This padlock had a high bid of $1,125 (Plus $9.95 Shipping).ANTIQUE RARE BRASS US CUSTOMS PADLOCK LOCK W/ COUNTER & ORIGINAL KEY PAT 1879 ANTIQUE AMERICAN US CUSTOMS PADLOCK. SOLID BRASS, GORGEOUS PATINA. WORKS GREAT. HAS COUNTER. COUNTER HAS THE ORIGINAL GLASS. PADLOCK COMES WITH ORIGINAL KEY. KEY IS MARKED US CUSTOMS ON ONE SIDE AND 574 ON THE OTHER SIDE. PADLOCK IS MARKED S1 ON THE SHACKLE. IT IS ALSO MARKED "US CUSTOMS 7011" ON THE FRONT. ONT HE BACK IT HAS TWO SWORDS CROSSING AND IT IS MARKED "TRADE UTLS MARK PAT SEPT 30 79" SO THIS WAS MADE AROUND 1880's. - eBay (4 March 2013)