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    Antique padlock? Plz identify

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    found this where an old homestead used to be in the 1800's. Found an 1877 seated liberty dime CC yesteday as well, along with a civil war buckle in the past. This is just another one of the many old things we've found with our Garrett AT Pro

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    Older padlocks like yours were made by hand, and hard to trace for that reason. The embossing on the keyhole cover plate is distinctive and might be a clue, but I suspect that designs were not consistent or unique to manufacturers like trademarks are today. It is a beautiful lock in any case-- I hope you can clean off some of the rust without changing it's character.
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    The Crossed Keys, most likely borrowed from the arms of the Papal See, are a popular inn sign device. St. Peter, who became the first Bishop of Rome, has often been associated with keys. This is largely due to a Biblical reference in St. Matthew 16, verse 19, to Christ’s promising to give Peter the keys of the kingdom of heaven... All I got. Thinking maybe British, early to mid 1800's. Nice find
    "you will always find more iron than gold"

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    Nice 19th century lock,great shape

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    Found a similar lock for sale online listed as "Civil War Iron Padlock with Crossed Keys Cover Dug Richmond VA Campsite" although it sounds like the seller doesn't really know where its from exactly either (and may have added a few buzzwords to get extra hits).
    The crossed keys and letter F on the cover might help identify the maker. The online listing is stated to be found in VA, so if you found yours there too, you might have a regional link. I think some really determined searching could identify this one.
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    Dec 2013
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    Quote Originally Posted by snowtrooper49 View Post
    Found a similar lock for sale online listed as "Civil War Iron Padlock with Crossed Keys Cover Dug Richmond VA Campsite" although it sounds like the seller doesn't really know where its from exactly either (and may have added a few buzzwords to get extra hits).
    The crossed keys and letter F on the cover might help identify the maker. The online listing is stated to be found in VA, so if you found yours there too, you might have a regional link. I think some really determined searching could identify this one.
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    this site has pics of old lever padlocks with patent #'s Antique Padlocks By David Heuermann

 

 

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