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Jan 13, 2014


Here is an example of one of the more rare story padlocks.

Don't miss this one, any serious collector knows how rare this lock is. This would make a great Christmas gift for any lock collector. You don't fine them with the original key or in this condition.. This lock is in such great condition no crack or broken parts no etching or pitting, it is very well detailed. I looked on the net, the ones I seen are not as nice as this one and sold for $600.00 and up, one I think it said sold in Main for $4000.00.

The lock features Chinamn on front and legs with dog bitting ankle and whisky bottle in back pocket, on the reverse side it also shows a patent date 1818 that's what it looks like to me. This lock was listed in the Trenton Lock and Hardware Co. 1880 catalog, as No. 1785 ( John Chinaman ) it was next to No. 1787 ( Great Western ) also known as the Werewolf lock.

Lock measures 4" x 2 1/2" inches

I don't take good pictures I tried with flash and with out, if someone is interested and needs more I will take more.

Please look at all the pictures and email any question before bidding.

Thank you for looking and good luck.

On Dec-02-13 at 13:34:59 PST, seller added the following information:

This was sent from a ebayer

This is a Story Padlock. the story depicts a a theif that stole a bottle of booze. the shop owners dog saw this, and bit the theif, getting the owners attention. the owners hand can be seen taking the bottle of booze out of the thief's back pocket.

On Dec-10-13 at 08:34:20 PST, seller added the following information:

This was sent to me by Jim, and I thank him for the info.

Hello. Your lock is not from 1818, but rather from 1878. It was patented by John Gerard for the Trenton Lock & Hardware Co. There are 2 patents for this lock, both filed on Oct. 11 1878. The patent #s are USD10913 (this has to do with the raised edges) and USD10877 (this has to do with the face) Patented in 1878, this humorously designed No. 1785 padlock is called "John Chinaman" and as the period's racially insensitive legend has it, a Chinese fellow was attempting to steal a flask of whiskey through a window. On his way out, he was caught by a guard dog, and the hand of the flask's owner is reclaiming his booze. Good luck, - eBay (12 Dec 2013)

This padlock had a high bid of $1,375 (19 bids) (Plus Free Shipping) but failed to meet the reserve price.

Jan 10, 2014

Antique Clock Face 2 Hands Combination Padlock, c.1900

This is another clock face padlock that I have not seen before.

An interesting clock face combination padlock made of brass, steel shackle, with known opening combination.

Very good condition.

Though not marked or signed, considering the style of the ‘dial’ and of the brass hands,- very close to the USA patented Ideal comb.padlock -, we do think this is a USA made item, manufactured c.1900-1930.

Size: d.5,6cm, height 9cm, thickness 2,5cm - eBay (8 Dec 2013)

This padlock had a high bid of $561 (Plus $20 Shipping).

Jan 8, 2014


Here is another coin padlock. This one is interesting in that it has an older coin that has been used in the other examples.


This coin padlock had a high bid of 29.88 British Pounds / $49.49 (Plus 3.30 Pounds Shipping).

Clock Face 2 Hands Combination Padlock, c.1900

This is a very interesting example of a clock face combination padlock.

This padlock did come with the combination.

This padlock had a high bid of $260 (Plus Free Shipping).

Jan 6, 2014

1904 St Louis Worlds Fair Souvenir Brass Cast Iron Padlock

Here is another example of the World's Fair padlock. Given the number of examples, it seems that there is no standard price for these locks as rougher examples have gone for more than some of the more pristine samples. I guess it is the luck of the draw and who else is competing for the same specific lock. I still have yet to figure it out, losing out as an active bidder on a number of these. No matter, time is on my side for this lock, I think.

Original, large brass and iron lock manufactured by the Eagle Lock Company of Terryville, Connecticut. It is in very fine condition - showing some minor wear from use but the embossed medallions are in fine condition. The Padlock comes with 2 keys that work!

Brass medallion on one side with text that reads "World's Fair, 1904, St Louis U.S.A." and another brass medallion on the opposite side with a depiction of the Official Seal of the Fair.

The body of the Padlock is made of iron while the hasp and the applied medallions are made of brass. Measures approx. 2 1/2” at its widest and 3 1/2" tall. Weighs over 1/2 pound. - eBay (2 Dec 2013)
This padlock had a high bid of $311.67 (Plus Free Shipping).

Jan 2, 2014

Taylor Combination Padlock

Here is an interesting combination padlock. Too bad it does not have a known combination.

This is an Antique Taylor Mfg. Co. Dial Combination Brass Padlock. I have shown this padlock from every angle to give you a good idea of the condition. This lock has obviously been taken apart. I believe that it is complete and functional, though. I do not have the combination. I can feel all three wheels with a pin tool thru the drain hole in the bottom of the case. This lock can be restored, though it is beyond my ability. I do not have the combination. I guarantee that this lock is functional and will operate as it should once you establish the combination. This lock is shown on page 65, item 3 in Arnall's Padlock Collector. Look it up. For more item details, see the Item Specifics Columns and Photos above. - eBay (16 Nov 2013)

This padlock had a high bid of $285 (Plus $5.80 Shipping).