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Locks160 of 261Papaiz door lock made in Brazil.Keyless Crank handle padlock
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    Posted 6 years ago

    GregBan
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    I have had this very early padlock for years and am enjoying researching the history. It is still fully functional and has the original key and intricate handmade markings. It is 29 cm in length and from research so far appears to be of Viking or Roman origin. It is a fascinating and beautiful piece.

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    1. GeodeJem GeodeJem, 6 years ago
      Strange to think that Vikings were the very first to make a lock, considering they would come a pillaging! Contact the Yorvick centre, York, in The UK because they have an early Viking lock.
    2. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 6 years ago
      Very interesting. My lesson for the day. I would have said it is either a point switch lock or a track lock. Thanks for sharing.
    3. just_a_random_guy, 6 years ago
      After peeking at http://romanlocks.com/Padlocks.htm

      It might be byzantine. Check out item 5232.

      Old locks are ingenious.

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