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How to Identify Antique Pad Locks

The invention of padlocks dates back to 500 B.C. during the Roman era. Padlocks quickly advanced in technology and function due to their necessity. The basic shape of a padlock consists of the case, the solid part of the lock where the key fits, and the shackle, the U-shaped piece of metal that disconnects from the case on one side. With so many types of antique padlocks, you can choose to collect just one type or have a varied collection that spans the ages.

Learn your stuff before you look for a padlock at antique stores, auctions and flea markets.

Look at the shape. There are many different types of padlocks, ranging from practical shapes to more decorative ones. Rectangular and circular locks are most common; they differ in the size, shape and girth of the shackle. Decorative-shaped locks are often easier to identify because they are rarer.

Identify the metal. Many locks from the past 200 years are steel, brass or a combination, but there are other metals out there, such as iron. Metals can be identified by their color: brass is yellow or reddish; iron is silvery gray; and steel is brownish gray. Bring a magnet with you when looking for padlocks. Copper, brass and aluminum are not magnetic.

Examine the key. Not every padlock collector collects the keys with their locks; the keys often have been lost over the years. If you are lucky enough to find a padlock with authentic, original keys, their shape can be invaluable to figuring out the make and year of the lock.

Look for inscriptions. Many padlocks made in the last hundred years have the company and their manufacture date inscribed on the case. Research the company and make sure the shape and metal of the padlock are authentic.

Research your lock in your book. Using the information you have gleaned by looking at you lock, find a match in "The National Locksmith Guide to Antique Padlocks." This should help you pinpoint the year and, possibly, the make of your padlock.

Things You'll Need:

  • "The National Locksmith Guide to Antique Padlocks"
  • Magnet

Warnings:

  • Just because a lock looks old doesn't mean it isn't a fake or reconstruction, lessening or depleting its value.

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Collecting Padlocks - Fakes, Frauds, and Fantasies (Beware)

There are a great number of inexpensive new padlocks imported from India and then altered to represent antique or vintage padlocks which are resold as genuine collectors items. A common method used to alter these cheap import locks, is to attach a small plate, usually on the front, with inscribed names of known companies or institutions. This gives the locks an appearance of being officially produced by or for the company named. Some examples are shown bellow.



Another common variety of currently imported padlocks, also mainly coming from India and China, are actually nice looking but are not antiques as reported, The locks from India are mainly cast and show fantasy and mythical creatures, or historic figures. Shown below are several examples of these locks.



A large number of padlocks from China are often represented as genuine antiques, but are instead very well made replicas of old Chinese padlocks. These are often shaped as animals or incorporate traditional Chinese art in their design. The following are common examples of such reproductions



A very clever method being used to market fake antique padlocks involves reproducing actual antique padlocks that were once made in the U.S.A. These are usually cast or stamped in the shape and design of the originals and sometimes even fool the advanced collector. The following examples demonstrate the difficulty in spotting these types of frauds.

Reproduction Winchester Original Antique Winchester


Reproduction Keen Cutter Original Antique Keen Cutter


The current primary distribution mechanism for the fake padlocks is web based. A number of websites offer these for sale, and many attribute them correctly as new or reproduction items. The problem for collectors is that after these are purchased some are resold on the secondary market as genuine antiques, and even experienced antique dealers and collectors are fooled. Such locks are commonly misrepresented on Web based auction sites such as Ebay and at flea markets, antique shows and shops all over the country.

Only after very careful examination and attention to detail as well as knowledge of patent dates and other subtle markings on original antique padlocks can the average collector tell the difference between fraud and original. For a beginning collector these fake antiques are especially difficult to spot. Often, a good giveaway to the fact that they are not genuine antique padlocks is that they are sold with what appear to be two or more original keys. Antique padlocks can occasionally be found with an original key, but it is extremely rare and unusual to find one with two or more of its original keys. Also once a collector gathers experience and knowledge in acquiring padlocks, examining the finish of a lock, sometimes referred to as patina, knowing the type of locking mechanism and key used in certain antique locks are additional helpful guides in determining a true antique.

These new padlock fakes can in themselves be collected. However, the important point is that they should never be misrepresented as true antique or vintage items.

Perhaps, the most important weapon against being fooled by misrepresented non-antique padlocks is knowledge. A collector should try as hard as possible to read and acquire any and all information pertaining to vintage and antique padlocks as well as the companies that once made them. Many trade journals, catalogs, and books are available, though sometimes hard to find. Networking with fellow collectors, attending national lock collectors shows and joining collector organizations helps a collector tremendously in acquiring valuable information about the hobby. There are two excellent padlock collector organizations that include subscriptions to newsletters or journals. For more information the American Lock Collectors Association (ALCA), based in Ohio; and the West Coast Lock Collectors Association (WCLCA) located in California can be contacted through their respective websites:

https://www.facebook.com/AmericanLockCollectorsAssociationand www.wclca.net
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