The Victorian Era was the height of invention and creativity when it came to making padlocks in the United States and Europe. Barron's lever-tumbler invention led to padlock manufacturers boasting the number of levers their locks contained, sometimes even marked on the lock like the Cleveland 4-Way. Some padlocks contained as many as 6 to 8 levers; the more levers, the more secure the bolt.
These antique padlocks usually featured brass levers, which doesn't rust easily, while the casings could be made of brass, tin, steel, or iron. In a frenzy to patent their lock designs, makers created beautiful logos with words, pictures, scrolling, or monograms cast into them—once patented, no other company could use those words or images in their locks.
Some of the most stunning 19th-century locks feature bull dogs, lions, or dragons on them. Highly collected brands from this era include Winchester, Sure Grip, WB (Wilson Bohannan), Yale, Corbin Ironclad, Miller, and Excelsior. Even the famous E.C. Simmons Keen Kutter brand had a lock in its trademark pie-and-wedge logo shape.
This is a stunning example of a 1950's brass padlock manufactured by The D.K. Miller Lock Co. which was in business in Philadelphia from 1870 and manufactured the six-lever push-key padlock well into the 20th century
No key, locked
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