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    Posted 10 years ago

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    Sometimes you will see this type of padlock on trunks (Drills post) It was patented by L. Hillebrand on Sept 27 1887, patent # 370622. The 2 brass pieces inside are the tumblers. You can make a key by trial and error, but I find it easier to remove the 6 rivets, make a key, and re install (if possible) or use new ones. I have included a photo of an all brass one I have waiting to find a home on one of my trunks.

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    1. trunkman trunkman, 10 years ago
      Its a beautiful lock Jim-- incredible that you would be able to take it apart and make a key for it!!!!
    2. Drill Drill, 10 years ago
      Thanks Jim I'll Give it a try.
    3., 10 years ago
      If you take this lock apart there is one major thing to remember. When you put it back together, do not over-tighten the rivets or else the mechanism will not move. Do them a little at a time to the point where the lock is snugly together, but still able to open and close.
    4. Drill Drill, 10 years ago
      Thanks for the tip Jim, Would you happen to have a number or size on the key that you used when you made yours.I have a that is close. I will give you a call some time.
    5., 10 years ago
      Sorry, no numbers on the key. You just have to find one that has enough throw to fit the lock the file where needed. I coat the key with a black marker, then turn it till it stops (do this several times) and it leaves marks on the key, then file and repeat till it works. (if you are lucky)
    6. epson233 epson233, 10 years ago
      nice work
    7. edmuns, 9 years ago
      i made key out of a lamp switch arm, copper tubing and a piece of flatstock, then i centerpunched the ends of the old rivets

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