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Antique Lock and Key Collectors’ Library (Three Book Set)


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The Antique Lock and Key Collectors’ Library (Three Book Set) includes the following three books: Antique Locks and Keyes, Locks and keyes Throughout the Ages and Persian Locks. All three books are Hardcover.

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The Antique Lock and Key Collectors’ Library (Three Book Set) includes the following three books:


This is the most beautiful, complete, and largest book on antique locks and keys ever published. Not only are there 1000 stunning high-resolution photos of European locks and keys from Roman times through the Industrial Revolution, with dates, dimensions, and provenance, but the detailed photos and author’s notes allow us to examine and understand the workings of the locks’ internal mechanisms. This is a book that every lock and key collector, locksmith, and architectural restorer, will want to own. Hardcover, 290 pages, over 1,000 high quality color photos, 12-1/4 in. x 9-1/4 in.


This is widely considered the best book ever written on the history of locks. It is illustrated throughout with photos from the Lips’ Collection. It was written in 1957 by the director of one of the most important lock manufacturing companies in the world at that time (now part of the Assa Abloy Group). The author was not only a master locksmith but was also a collector and was passionate about the history and development of locking mechanisms. His extensive knowledge of the field comes across on every page. Hardcover, 184 pages, 284 black-and-white photos and designs.


In this beautiful and informative book the author shares with us, in over 500 photos and drawings, the most interesting examples of locks from his famous collection which was first introduced to the American public by the Smithsonian. There are detailed drawings which clearly illustrate the workings of the various locking mechanisms (e.g., barbed-spring, helical-spring, notched-shackle, hook and revolving catch, etc.). All locks are dated and the place of manufacture is given. A smaller version of this updated and expanded book was published by The Smithsonian Institution in 1976 with the title, “Locks from Pre-Islamic to Twentieth Century.” Hardcover, 144 pages, 10-inches x 8.5-inches, over 500 photos and drawings.

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