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    Posted 7 years ago

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    I need help getting a combination for this lock. I think the serial number on the shackle is 21112. The dial appears to be brass. The center of it reads, "J. B. M. K. L. Co. KENT. O." . The edge of the dial reads, "AUTOMATIC SUPER SPECIAL". The case is steel and has brass rivets. The closed lock measures 3 1/4" x 2" x 7/8" (including the dial; 9/16" without). The back of the case reads, "PAT. APLD. FOR" & "MADE IN USA". Any help would be appreciated.

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    1. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 7 years ago
      Give it to a school kid & they will get it open - or break it.
    2. TubeAmp TubeAmp, 7 years ago
      I open them all the time by just turning the tumblers while watching a movie. Right, left, right, left... "POP"!

      T A
    3. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 7 years ago
      lol ...can you say locksmith ...or just keep asking around,.. I have a few old combinations from high school you can have ...smiling ....good luck
    4. BondJamesBond BondJamesBond, 4 years ago
      Hey there,

      I was wondering if you've solved your combo mystery yet even though it's been three years? I have one very similar with two differences that I can see. Mine has the serial number on the back instead of the shackle and it doesn't have that raised ridge around the dial that says, "AUTOMATIC SUPER SPECIAL". The only place it says anything on the front is on the dial like yours does.

      The problem I have is I can only make out two numbers, 07 and what I think is an S below the 7. There might be an M to the left of the 0 but I need a more powerful magnifying glass to be sure.

      This probably doesn't help you but I thought I'd put it out there anyway in case you found some resources that could possibly help to open these damn things?

      All the best–R
    5. wmitschke, 4 years ago
      Still no solution James. I wish you luck!
    6. eclipsedave eclipsedave, 4 years ago
      That's a J. B. MILLER keyless click combination padlock. (JBMKL) Turn counterclockwise until dead stop to begin. Then the combination is either 3, 4, or 5 turns. It could be R-L-R or R-L-R-L or R-L-R-L-R. But clicks are counted instead of digits on the face. These locks are used by visually impaired individuals and can be opened in the dark by simply counting clicks. Miller sold to Gougler in 1945. Some combinations are more challenging to decode than others. 3 turn models are obviously easier than 5 turn models. Hypothetical examples are R5-L2-R6 or R2-L4-R1-L4 or R5-L1-R1-L4-R2. Good luck and please let me know if you want to sell it!
    7. eclipsedave eclipsedave, 4 years ago
      @BondJamesBond My Automatic Super Special combination is R-L-R configuration. I probably lucked out when I decoded the combination. Good luck and please let me know if you want to sell it!
    8. jonathansell, 2 years ago
      I have a J.B. Miller keyless DOOR lock on the door between the back hallway and attached garage in my 90 yo house. The mechanism is missing. Knowing how this works, I'm no longer surprised by evidence that the door had been kicked in at some point (and repaired).
    9. eclipsedave eclipsedave, 2 years ago
      Interesting. I'd like to see a picture of your door lock.
    10. jonathansell, 2 years ago
      I'm new to this website. How do I upload pix?
    11. eclipsedave eclipsedave, 2 years ago
      Go to your profile page. In the upper right hand corner click on Post An Item.
    12. OldGoattinkerer, 6 months ago
      My Dad, a machinist, found a J.B.M.K.L. CO. tactile lock in 1944. He opened it and was able to determine the combo. He carefully repaired the brass rivets and gifted it to me. I recently opened it to to replace the 75 year old hard grease to give it a new life. I took many pictures.

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