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Kentucky

I collect keyed and combination safe locks, padlocks, pennywhistles, and gumball machines.

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World’s smallest key duplicator - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware
Honorary Budweiser Brewmaster Key - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware
Five Star Baby Grand! - Coin Operatedin Coin Operated
What do you do with things you collect? - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware
The Pride and Joy of My Collection - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware
Just beginning - Coin Operatedin Coin Operated

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  1. It's a Victor Baby Grand. A nice find for a flea market. A nice bit of nostalgia. -- Earth
  2. I haven't been here for a while. I just saw this post. This was an early form of gambling and was illegal in many places. Machines like this could be used for gumballs or gambling, so it was si...
  3. Master used the lion logo for many years. I've met collectors that have dozens of the same lock just because they like the lion. -- Earth
  4. The patent date is December 15, 1908. You can look up more information on this lock by searching for U.S. patent number 907,026. The patent drawing give a view of the inside mechanism. There we...
  5. For some reason, I had this post bookmarked and just noticed it. I think I saw this and intended to comment but didn't have time at the moment. Sargent & Greenleaf is still around. Their main thing...
  6. Not file cabinet keys at all. They are designed to block a sliding door with their tip. The company I work for still sells a similar lock made by a company called BURG-WÄCHTER (pronounced: berg voc...
  7. Not jail keys. They are furniture keys. Yours may be old, but keys like that are still made. https://mbausa.com/keys/furniture-keys/ -- Earth
  8. Your lock looks smaller than keyhole locks. I'm fairly certain that you have a display case lock. They work similar to keyhole locks. Think of the jewelry department (or other department) with a lo...
  9. Ford Gum & Machine Company is still around. Their big thing now is the gum. You can still get gumballs that say Ford on them. I believe the only machines that make now are the Carousel machines tha...
  10. I was going to post Oak's website, but it's gone. I looked up their business and it seems a different company is at their location in Vernon, CA. They were there a few years ago, so it seems that th...
  11. That's a later style, Oak Acorn machine. The square-ish vending flap shows that it newer than the original models. Someone has refurbished it and added the Mobile Pegasus decals. -- Earth
  12. I'm not a fan of the later Northwestern gumball machines, but the earlier ones like this are something else. To me, they seem to have a oddity that peaks interest. Nice machine. Thanks for sharing. ...
  13. It's a Victor Baby Grand alright. Very nice machine and it looks to be in great shape. Take care of it. -- Earth
  14. The Oak Acorn. My favorite gumball machine. Yours looks to be refurbished. That's not a bad thing though. The front where the turn handle is and the vending flap have matte finishes. Those are re...
  15. I gained a fascination with those round globe machines from remembering seeing them as a kid. For some reason I found them more interesting than other gumball machines because of the way you got your...
  16. Very nice piece. There are two more stars under the three stars with "Baby Grand". I call these machines the Five Star Baby Grand. I have two of them. One of mine is in average shape and one is ...
  17. It's an Acorn. My favorite gumball machine. I have several of them. The shape of the chute cover (flap) indicates that it is an older one. The company that makes them is called Oak. So they're of...
  18. Yes, UncleRon. They're similar. Emil Henriksson, an office machinery mechanic from Helsinki, got his idea in 1907 and his design was patented in 1919. That same year he founded his company Ab Lukko...
  19. The type of lock this would operate is a rotating disc lock. The biggest lock manufacturer of this type of lock that comes to mind is Abloy. A lock company that began in Finland and after many corpo...
  20. This is a modern, currently manufactured lock. It's not really a collectors item. Why post it here? These are all over Ebay for $40 to $50. -- Earth
  21. In your first picture, the two at the top, especially the top right, may not be keyhole locks. I'm thinking this because of their size. The one at the top right looks similar to a Burg Wächter cabin...
  22. That's King Carousel machine. (You can find them on gumball.com) It is not made for commercial use. Just a gumball machine for the home. They sometimes are used commercially, but any coin will ope...
  23. Thanks for our comment, JLBaker. I made this pot 5 years ago, but I still appreciate all of my gumball machines. It's like watching fireflies in my yard. I never get tired of it. -- Earth
  24. The instructions on them are in Finnish. 1. Put money into the opening 2. Turn fully to the right. 3. Put your hand under and lift the door. Finland does use the Euro as their unit of currency...
  25. Interesting. I'm not familiar with your lock, but Union is a British lock manufacturer. They're still around, but your lock doesn't appear on their website. (uniononline.co.uk) Yours looks typical ...
  26. The two at the top of the picture are likely to be furniture keys because they have holes in the end to fit over a guide pin in the lock. These are usually called barrel keys. The others are bit key...
  27. It's W with the right side forming an i. It stands for Winner International. They make The Club steering wheel lock and a few similar products. They've had several different style keys for their pr...
  28. Some mid-19th century locks were made so that the key that locked it had to be the key that opened it. For example, a bank manager is concerned that someone over time gets enough of a look at his...
  29. Thanks, walksoftly. If I had a time machine, I could go back and buy about 14 of them for what I paid. :-) One really nice point I forgot to mention is that this one appears to have NEVER been use...
  30. That is an interesting variety of keys you have there. You have padlock keys, door keys, cash register keys, car keys, furniture and trunk keys, clock keys, hotel keys, safe deposit box keys... I ...
  31. That is not likely to be an actual, functioning key. More likely, it is just something of ornamental valuel. Whatever it is, it is very nice. Especially if it is Serling Silver. -- Earth
  32. Swweeeeeet!!! I love it! -- Earth
  33. St. Omer is probalby the name of that style. The logo with RHCo has a shape of a "keystone" around it. I believe RHCo is the Reading Hardware Company from Reading, Pennsylvania (the Keystone Stat...
  34. That is a very moving picture. My first inclination was just to say that it is "old". I've been to Arlington National Cemetery many times. I have an Uncle buried there, but even before he died I wo...
  35. Nice items. The "Lincoln" key is to a padlock. It says on the bow, "Miller Lock Company". They made a wide variety of padlocks. I have met collectors who collect nothing but Miller locks and keys,...
  36. Nice collection of keys. You still have a couple of clock keys there too. I see you have some luggage keys, padlock keys, car keys, furniture keys, door bit keys, and much more. Looks like you even...
  37. It's not really old. But if you want to open it... Turn the dial three or more times to the right and stop on 14. Turn the dial left, passing 4 onece and stop on 4 the second time you reach it. ...
  38. There is probalby also a trick to opening the keyhole cover. It looks like the cover latches at the bottom. I had to look closely to see what you meant by "lizard". Now I see it. That is so cool. ...
  39. That is one NICE lock. Especially if it is authentic and you have a working key. If the key doesn't seem to work, there may be a "trick" to the lock. It looks like a lock that would be used on a ga...
  40. Awesome find! Looks great too. -- Earth
  41. Thank you everyone for the LOVE and the comments so far. As far as age goes, I'm not that experienced to know for sure. Early to mid 20th century would be my guess. But that's a wide range to b...
  42. They're both really cool, but I think you got the better end of the deal, jlennongrrl. I'm more of a Mortimer Snerd fan, but Charlie is way cool indeed! -- Earth
  43. I had one of those when I was a kid. Such a weird toy. Also featured in Toy Story 3. Nice find although I'd just pass him by (quickly) at a flea market. -- Earth
  44. That is a really nice bottle. With the spade on it, it shouldn't be too difficult to sell to a poker or playing cards enthusiast. I have a round brass padlock with a spade on each side that is value...
  45. What do you mean, "nothing special"? That looks great! The way you lay things out reminds me of shadowboxes with a collection of items inside. Very nice stuff and great pictures. That odd key ...
  46. It could be made of brass, but more likely bronze. It is hard to tell in your pictures. In the first picture the lock case looks like brass since it has a more yellow tint to it, but in the other tw...
  47. Thanks for the nice comment, rr11ccee. Bank locks of the 19th century were amazingly ornate. It is mind boggling to me that skilled craftsmen would put a lot of effort into making something ornament...
  48. Nice stuff. I'm partiularly drawn to the locks and keys. I recognize some of the items. Some of the keys are furnature keys, some are door keys and the shorter ones are likely padlock keys. Imagin...
  49. Ford gumball machine are way cool. I bought a gumball machine (different brand) from a friend a few years ago and for the longest time I kept thinking I want one of those shiny ones with the round gl...
  50. The logo with the letters CS intertwined is actually S & Co. Note the small "o" to the right. This was Sargent & Company. Sargent is still around although nothing like they used to be with corporat...
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