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Beautiful Antique Ward Locks

STILL FUNCTIONAL; GREAT CONVERSATION PIECES

It’s amazing the things you come across when you scour old New England flea markets and auctions. On a recent foraging trip to some favorite haunts in central Massachusetts, we found a trove of antique locks. These are beautiful, working tools, great to have around as a conversation piece, a vintage desktop tchotchke, or even for locking up small items in style (we don’t recommend using these for valuables, as they aren’t high-security by today’s standards). We are offering three styles here, all with their original (or working) keys.

Warded (or Ward) Locks: Use a set of obstructions (“wards”) that block a key that doesn’t fit. These are some of the oldest style locks known, dating back to ancient Rome and China. This style were used extensively in European monasteries in the middle ages.

With your purchase you will recieve 1 lock randomly selected from our collection of antiques, all of the locks very in shape size and manufacturer.

 

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