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    Posted 4 years ago

    kevanrabat
    (1 item)

    Anyone have a clue about this? No markings of any kind. Cant find anything like it on the internet. About 4"

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    Comments

    1. slackjack, 4 years ago
      It is a screw lock with key.
    2. UncleRon UncleRon, 4 years ago
      This particular shape is also known as a "P" lock.
    3. kevanrabat, 4 years ago
      Thank you gentlemen Any idea of origin, date or value? I know its a shot in the dark without holding it in your hands The lock itself is 4" heavy
    4. UncleRon UncleRon, 4 years ago
      It's on the "high-average" side of size (I own the largest one I have ever seen, which is 5" long w/o the key; also the smallest one at 7/8", which I made).

      These are easier for a competant blacksmith to make than a regular padlock & key would be and have been around at least from the mid-19th C. I saw a photo, dated ca. 1920, in a book, showing a "local" blacksmith posing with one he made. You can safely call it 19th C.


      Also called a "Smokehouse" lock and a "Barndoor" lock, but obviously it could be used anywhere. Some look like the letter "D" - it all depends on the shape of the shackle.
    5. kevanrabat, 4 years ago
      Thanks Ron!
    6. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 4 years ago
      Try and contact these folks..
      http://www.lockmuseumofamerica.org/home.aspx

      good luck....

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