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Apr 13, 2022


I have to admit, Safe Keys like these are supr-interesting. It's also interesting how ver rare they are given that there never were that many to being with. I have a Solomon Andrew Bank vault key. I keep going back and forth about whether to sell it, knowing that I was lucky to get one in the first place and that I'd never get another one if I do let this one go. The key below is a 'Day & Newell's' Parautoptic Lock Key. The book referenced in the lsisting says that there are less than 25 examples of these locks know........
Description: As rare as it gets for large safe keys. Mid-1800's parautoptic key with adjustable bits so the owner could set his own bit combination without the assistance of a locksmith, thus increasing security. These keys RARELY come up for auction, and some have sold for around $4,000. Bits are tight when set. These keys can still be used with the antique safes. Historical reference: "American Genius," by David and John Erroll, Copyright 2006 (Rb Note: See page 53). This is a very large key, 164g at 5.25." Sold as is and as seen. Could be cleaned and polished to original condition if desire. Some wear marks and tarnishes from use. Please study large picture to examine exact condition and to verify parts before bidding. Buyer assumes all risk if used for an actual safe or if the key is dissembled as this is sold as a collectible. Due to value and risk of multiple shipping, this is a no return item. - eBay (April, 2022)
This padlock had a Buy-it-Now price of $2,299 (Plus FREE Shipping) and was still available at the time of publishing of this post. -----

Apr 11, 2022

Combination Letter Padlock

Very cool, Very large and clearly rare. When unlocked the long bar gets passed through a couple rings on whatever is getting locked. Maybe on a truck or perhaps securing a door closed. The rings needed to be close enough so that they fit within the right side of this lock.
Outstanding latch and combination lock made of iron and brass. Origin Italy. 19th century period. Number of wheels 7 with 22 letters for each roller. In excellent condition. Length 53 cm, weight 5 kg Available for further information Thank you Eccezionale e catenaccio a combinazione in ferro e ottone. Origine Italia. Epoca XIX secolo. Numero ruote 7con 22 lettere per ogni rullo. Ottimo stato.Lunghezza 53 cm, peso 5 kg A disposizione per ulteriori informazioni Grazie - eBay (April 2022)
This padlock had requested price of $1,700 (Plus $88 Shipping) but the seller took an undisclosed offer. -----

Mar 23, 2022

North Pole Slaymaker Story Padlock

Here is a pretty cool Story Padlock.
Extremely rare Slaymaker igloo story book padlock Hard find No key - eBay (March 2022)
Too bad that there was no key to go with it. Probably not that hard to figure that out, if you have some old barrel keys laying about. This padlock had a high bid of $122.50 (Plus $10 Shipping). -----

Mar 16, 2022

Antique French Leg Irons from Devils Island, French Guiana 1852-1953

Very nice set of antique Leg Irons. Looking at it after the fact, I'm wondering why I didn't try to get these:/
These leg irons were used to transport French prisoners to the island. The leg irons are locked with a screw and the key is a simple cylinder with a notch that engages the nub on the recessed screw head. These leg irons were probably made by the French company, Revolier in large quantities. 3 variations are known in this size and they are simply the style of chains used as the cuff bodies are all exactly the same. There are larger or more robust versions of these chains as well. The large center ring was used to slide a chain through which made any movement even more restricted. The restraint pictured above, has had no work done to it. It is mechanically perfect and both screws are able to thread into the lock body with the key provided. No pings, dings, dents, or repairs noted. A very nice addition to anyone's collection. - eBay (27 Feb 2022)
This set of Leg Irons had a high bid of $250 (Plus $5 Shipping). -----

Mar 14, 2022

Stotz Handcuff Reproduction

Stotz Handcuff Reproduction. This is a reproduction of a famous old German handcuff. It is accurate in detail and well made just like the original. The handcuff works well with the original style key. An original Stotz is rare and pricy. You will be happy with this handcuff. - eBay (March 2022)
This set of handcuffs has a 'Buy it Now' price of $400 (Plus $9.45 Shipping). -----

Mar 13, 2022


This is a very simple design but also very secure once the chain gets passed through the hole. This is the working end of prison chains that once locked prisoners together for transport.
VINTAGE HIATT CAP LOCK HANDCUFF. Greetings, Hello fellow collectors, Here is a very scarce cuff, complete with the cap lock cover. I suspect this hiatt was made late 19th to early 20th century. The cuff is in very good condition and would make a fine edition to any collection as many advanced collections lack this piece. The cuff would of been likely attached to a transport chain with a group of prisoners. Condition of this item is excellent as most are a rust bucket that i have seen over the years. Normal ware and tear is present and some light oxidation. The cap fits perfectly, it does have a small ding you can see in the last pic. Outstanding specimen! Ships priority mail with insurance. Only ships to the lower 48 and no international of any kind. Comes with a money back guarantee! - eBay (March, 2022)
This 'Handcuff' had a bid of $334.99 (Plus $15 Shipping) but the auction was ended by the seller 'because the item was no longer available'. -----

Feb 21, 2022

"Antique Exceptional Big 8 wheel combination lock Padlock Key Clef Schlüssel Iron"

Here is a real neat locking bar combination lock which was being sold from Italy..

Antique Exceptional Big 8 wheel combination lock Padlock Key Clef Schlüssel Iron 

Exceptional and very rare combination lock in iron and brass. Origin Italy. 19th century period. Number of wheels 8, with 21 letters for each roll. The lock will be delivered open. Signs of wear over time, the bushings obviously have some play due to wear. Length 42 cm, weight about 3.4 kg

Available for further information

Thank you

Eccezionale e rarissimo catenaccio a combinazione in ferro e ottone. Origine Italia. Epoca XIX secolo. Numero ruote 8, con 21 lettere per ogni rullo. Il lucchetto verrà fornito aperto. Segni di usura del tempo, le boccole hanno ovviamente un po’ di gioco dovuto all’usura. Lunghezza 42 cm, peso circa 3,4 Kg

A disposizione per ulteriori informazioni

Grazie - eBay (Ended: Feb 03, 2022 , 1:40PM)

This combination padlock had a high bid of $882 (Plus $88 Shipping).