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Apr 29, 2013

E COTTERILL'S Padlock Climax Detector Unpickable Powder Proof c.1850's

Here is a nice and shiny example of a Cotterill padlock.

This is a large/heavy brass antique padlock manufactured in the 19th Century by EDWIN COTTERILL of Birmingham, England. The lock comes with it's original key and spare. The lock is in perfect working order and can be both locked and unlocked by both keys, which are still a good fit, with little free play. There is minimal free play in the hasp.

This particular example was known as the CLIMAX DETECTOR and was warranted at the time to be both Power Proof and Unpickable.

The brass casing is clearly marked with the maker's name, as are the hasp and both keys. One key still has it's original protective brass sheath. The padlock still has it's original sliding escutcheon, which I understand is often missing.

The padlock measures just over 5" (13cm) from top of the hasp to the bottom of the casing, which is 3" (7.6cm) wide and maximum 1 3/4" (4.5cm) thick. The lock with both keys weighs almost 1.2kgs, so is surprisingly heavy. - eBay (23 April 2013)

This padlock had a high bid of 1,505 British Pounds / $2,331.40 (Plus 28 Pounds Shipping).

Apr 22, 2013

Bean Leg Irons

Here is a beautiful set of Bean Leg Irons.

Up for auction is a beautiful pair of rare antique Bean Legirons.

This is by far one of the nicest I have seen in condition of these type of legirons that I have seen and they are the short variation and a rare variety.

Would make a great addition to anyone's collection, works perfectly and comes with replacement key. - eBay (25 March 2013)
This padlock had a high bid of $371.66 (Plus $13.98 Shipping).

Apr 18, 2013


Here is a neat example of a Clarke combination padlock. It is interesting to see that the lock has been used so much that you can see wear around the correct buttons to press. No matter, the new owner can always change the combination by opening the back and moving the pins around.

Up for auction is a Vintage Clarke Combination Lock Co. Baltimore, MD. It is dated PAT'D FEB. 4 1873 JUNE 15 1875 REISSUED FEB. 29 1876. Combination is included with the lock and does work. Measures 2 1/2" x 4 1/4". - eBay (4 April 2013)
This padlock had a high bid of $930 (Plus $6.95 Shipping).