Over my 39 years of metal distinguishing to construct currency accumulations, locks have been one of my top relic classes for exchanging or for selling. In this article I need to educate you regarding five of my preferred locks. Four of these locks are railroad bolts and could disclose to some great anecdotes about the occasions and happennings that formed west Florida in the late 1800’s and the mid 1900’s team building southampton
My best lock was a delightful 1888 Orange Belt Railroad lock that was heart molded and estimated around 3 inches wide by 4 inches tall. This excellence was about a foot down and in exceptionally fine condition. I really burrowed the key that fit this lock, a good ways off of 30 feet away. This lock was made by Slaymaker Locks out of Sharon, PA. I sold it for $350.00 and likely could have gotten six or 700 for it.
Another incredible metal indicator find is a 1896 Eagle Lock utilized by the Railroads as a switch lock (found in a similar region as the past lock). It was utilized by the Atlantic Coast Line which pursued the Orange Belt in Central/west coast Florida in around 1902. This is a 5-Lever lock and is exceptionally solid. The creator of this lock was the Eagle Lock Company of Terryville, CT., the biggest lock producer in America around then.
The third lock is mind blowing. It is a Laclede 6-Lever lock which opens by embeddings the key in the base. No turning of the key is important to open it as the tumbler framework opens when the best possible key is embedded. This was found in a similar zone as the other railroad bolts however isn’t set apart as a railroad lock. It is a solid, cutting edge lock of the mid 1900’s and was prominent with railroad and farming firms.
The fourth lock is likewise an ACL Railroad Lock and is worth three or 400 dollars. It is another Slaymaker Lock from Lancaster and is a turn of the century model. The key works with the lock however it is a substitution key from that timeframe, not the first. I discovered it embedded in the lock and spilling the soil out prompted a smooth opening.
The fifth lock is non-descript, in that I can’t discover any engravings or legends on it. Anyway it is a pleasant metal lock that makes for an incredible presentation thing. It is in fine condition and the workmanship is uncommon.
I gauge the estimation of the four locks to be about $1000.00 however they are not available to be purchased, as I offered them to my dad in-law who is a lock authority. I have burrowed in excess of 100 locks from everywhere throughout the world, and sold or exchanged numerous for a few thousand dollars worth of authority coins. There are incredible books on old fashioned locks and an abundance of data on locks that can be acquired from a Google search on the web. Try not to get bolted out of the enjoyment in finding and selling these extraordinary relics. Here’s to “diggin it”! Larry
Larry Smith is an energetic currency gatherer and metal detectorenthusiast. He’s been gathering coins for more than 50 years. Larry is giving ceaselessly his digital book, “Currency Collecting With The Home TOwn Advantage” FREE temporarily. You can get your duplicate and start assembling (or growing) your own accumulation at this moment.